Re: Hawking on AI dominance

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Sep 09 2001 - 09:41:22 MDT

From: "Russell Blackford" <>
> Where do you think values
> actually come from?

Analogous to the biological basis of morality (as delineated by E. O. Wilson),
I think human values actually come from biases originating with the Selfish
Genes. From an evolutionary psychology standpoint, human values evolve from
human needs, which are tied to biological needs.

I suspect you have your own opinions about where values come from. Regardless
of where they come from, human values are not necessary for pure intelligence,
and my conjecture is that they interfere with pure intelligence (which is the
ability to solve problems autonomously).

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

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