Re: Who's Afraid of the SI?

den Otter (
Sun, 16 Aug 1998 18:56:11 +0200

Bryan Moss wrote:

> Even the most advanced SI doesn't have to be a
> problem; it would take a huge amount of work to
> make a SI even the slightest bit dangerous.

I lost your original message to a %$@#&%* Netscape error, but I think I got the general drift from later responses. I suspect we're basically talking about two different things, with IMO different "danger" levels. My concerns weren't as much about servant AIs turning mean, but rather ruthless *people* turning SI trough future technology (AI, nanotech, uploading etc.) If (and this is only logical) the abovementioned technologies will remain long enough (almost) completely within the realm of governments, big corporations, criminal organizations and the ultrarich for these people to understand and use their full potential, we're all screwed.