Re: The Myth of the Monstrous Machine

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Thu Aug 30 2001 - 14:05:54 MDT

From: "Lee Corbin" <>
> First, we ordinarily suppose that the non-human AIs won't *have*
> interests. I don't know if you saw the interesting piece by J.R.
> "The Myth of the Monstrous Machine"

Well, they'll have an "interest" in solving problems, much as human DNA has an
"interest" in building humans (or as an acorn has an "interest" in growing
into an oak tree).

> and the nice piece by James Martin that someone posted
The Other "A.I." (Alien Intelligence) -- posted Monday, August 27, 2001
(written not by James Martin, but quoting James Martin, by Brad Lemley)

>---all these during the last couple of
> days. I don't have time to get into it now.

Barring a catastrophic event, in ten or fifteen years we won't have time to
get into anything _but_ accelerating AI.

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

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

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