AI Researchers: Are They Evil?

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Mon, 02 Aug 1999 19:26:06 -0500 wrote:
> The way I remember it Minsky told the questioner, "Could you please ask your question and stop wasting our time. You are being very inconsiderate to the rest of us". Upon which
> the person said, "who are you to decide if I'm taking too long, the question is not directed at you anyway". Marvin said, "I'd don't care if it's directed at me, you are wasting *my* time, so please leave so someone with more intelligence can ask a real question." Or words to that effect. I distinctly recall the look of dismay amongst the other panel members.
> Paul

Hey, guys, we're trying to have a serious discussion here! If you've got nothing better to do than gossip about the personal habits of AI researchers, then leave the thread and stop wasting our time!

Just kidding.

But seriously, when you make a segue of that magnitude, please change the subject line. Or else try to maintain relevance to the topic; i.e. "And I think this demonstrates a disdain for all human beings that is the direct result of being an AI researcher, which is why I don't trust an AI Transcend."


"Is he evil?"
"The last one was evil."
	-- Buffy and Wesley Winston-Price