Re: AI's at risk from viral memes ??

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Sep 16 2001 - 12:20:52 MDT

From: "John Clark" <>
> Religious memes are powerful in human beings because humans are mortal.
> Eliminate death and you eliminate religion.

That is a wonderfully elegant, sagacious, and succinct answer. Thanks! Since
AI is not mortal, it has no need for religionism. An ultra-intelligent machine
is the last thing humans will ever have to invent. The danger is not the UIM
itself, but rather the possibility that such a machine may fall into the hands
of religious fanatics who may misuse it wreak the kind of havoc hinted by the
9-11 atrocity.

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

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

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