Re: Religious Groups Bash Clones

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 12:19:03 MDT

From: "Zero Powers" <>
> You think its rough going for abortion doctors and cloners, just wait 'til
> Yudkowsky & Co. start making waves.

I expressed the same sentiment once before on this list (less compellingly
The position of AI researchers, or at least the ones who believe their work
will result in human-competitive AI, is that it is better to do the work
quietly, drawing no attention to it, so as to allow progress without
interference/interruption by neo-luddite religious wacko groups.

Another trend I've seen is to refer to AI research with other names:
computational intelligence, autonomous agents, evolving machine intelligence,

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, and ego.

     Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
     but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
     (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

We won't move into a better future until we debunk religiosity, the most
regressive force now operating in society.

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