RE: The endgame is near -- my comments

From: Barbara Lamar (
Date: Sun Sep 23 2001 - 11:35:18 MDT

 Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> Barbara Lamar wrote:
 What technology could render the
> > threat of terrorists obsolete?
> Ours.

 The SIAI's, sure. This is so obvious it doesn't need to be said.

The reason I'm interested in further answers to this question is that it's
not easy to predict exactly how long it will take you to develop Friendly
AI. Leaving aside the difficulty of estimating how many human-hours the
creative process itself will take, I can think of the following
uncertainties off the top of my head: You don't know how many additional
people you can hire. You don't know whether the group of people you assemble
will work well together. You are, as far as I know, dependent on the smooth
operation of electrical, water delivery, and transportation services.

It is not realistic to count on governments to shield you (or the rest of
us). So the question still stands: what technology could render the threat
of terrorists obsolete?


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