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

From: John Clark (
Date: Sun Sep 16 2001 - 22:28:43 MDT

Robert J. Bradbury <> Wrote:

> Though I liked John's explanation, I think it is a bit incomplete.
> Eliminating "death" will not eliminate a need to explain "why the
> universe is the way it is?", or "why does evil exist?", or "what is
> the purpose of life?".

It's very mysterious that X exists, explaining this mystery by saying
it exists because Y made it immediately brings to mind another question
and another mystery. The question would be obvious to an AI and make
the explanation unsatisfactory, it would be obvious to the thickest human
too if the fear of death and discomfort over his inability to confrontation
the power of nature hadn't blinded him. A mystery is not inherently unpleasant,
it can even be fun but being helpless is never fun, so Gods get invented.

          John K Clark


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