Re: Re: Goo prophylaxis

Anders Sandberg (
28 Aug 1997 21:41:00 +0200

"Nicholas Bostrom" <> writes:
> The way I
> prefer to think about it is in terms of a superintelligence who
> attempts to maximize what it thinks is physical value-structures;
> i.e. it wants to organize as much matter as possible in the way that
> it think has most value. Except for possible strategic or ethical
> reasons, it makes no difference whether the matter is virgin
> territory or some other computer is has already organized the matter
> in a sub-optimal way.

But what if its value-structure made it regard "natural" or "unchanged"
systems as good? This view is already prevalent in our culture, and
it is not unlikely that an SI might think that its preferred form of
complexity might include the activities of "simple" forms of life
and environments in addition to its own structures. It can be a purely
esthetic choice.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!    
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