Re: new offensive strategies

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Sep 15 2001 - 13:10:23 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> We have really good printing technology. We can print and
> bind books for almost nothing. How about if we print truckloads
> of korae, except each one with one altered verse? If we get
> clever, we could print a million of them, each with a different
> altered verse, bind them with pre-aged covers, so they could
> not be distinguished easily from the originals without reading
> the entire thing, carefully. If those get into circulation, print a
> new set with the old altered verse plus an additional altered verse.
> In each case these altered verses reverse the meaning of the original.
> I figure one cruise missile aimed at scorched and barren desert
> would cost about the same as one truckload of korae. spike

That's very creative, except that it involves taking revenge on Islam
rather than bin Laden, which is even less attractive than taking revenge
on Afghanistan instead of bin Laden.

I do wonder why the U.S. doesn't print up handbooks of democratic theory
and citizen responsibility and "The Incredible Bread Machine" and drop
them on nondemocratic nations. This seems like such a blatantly obvious
thing to do. Likewise, I'm still sore that the US failed to print up a
billion copies of "How To Be a Citizen in a Capitalist Society" and send
them over to the remnants of the Soviet Union after the collapse.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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