Re: What should you ask a wish machine to do for you?

Geoff Smith (
Sun, 28 Sep 1997 16:44:37 -0700 (PDT)

On Sat, 27 Sep 1997, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> I'm kind of surprised that nobody but Anton even mentioned this, but:
> (1) "Make me think a million times as fast."

I'd be sure to speed up the brains of some of my more intelligent peers as
well. I find that I cannot be an effective critical thinker without

> Then, after you've thought about it for a year or 31 seconds, you can ask a
> safe variant of:
> (2) "Make me more intelligent."

When you say a "safe variant", do you mean one that would not radically
alter your personality?