Re: SIs *MUST* exist (was Converting scientists.../was Re: seti@home...)

Eugene Leitl (
Sat, 10 Jul 1999 21:16:42 -0700 (PDT)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky writes:

> Easy: There is no meaning of life, no goal system can sustain itself
> without one, and they all commit suicide. Of course, those three items

Maybe this explains why you always tread the brittle AI path. Real life is the ultimate Energizer Bunny: it just keeps going, and going, and going without needing any formalized built-in goal.

> in sequence form a rather tenuous logic (life could have meaning, our
> cheapjack human systems function without one, and why is suicide more
> rational than anything else?), but it's a possibility.

Yes indeed. Commiting suicide is always about choice and values, the same thing with going on living.