Re: Hawking on AI dominance

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Thu Sep 06 2001 - 11:11:48 MDT

From: "Harvey Newstrom" <>
> This is probably true for getting AI to work under Windows. I don't expect
> getting AI to work under open source systems such as Linux to take as long.

Good point, Harvey. Thanx for the giggle, and it makes me happy to think
you're right about that.

Incidentally, Kurzweil's last two sentences in his response to Stephen
Hawking, to wit:
"I don't agree with Hawking that "strong
AI" is a fate to be avoided. I do believe that we have the ability to shape
this destiny to reflect our human values, if only we could achieve a
consensus on what those are."
has prompted me to add "human values" to the list of useless hypotheses,
because to the extent we shape "strong AI" to reflect a consensus of "human
values," we thereby make it "weak 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, human values

     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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