Re: Major Public AI Backlash Inevitable.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 03 Aug 1999 20:40:28 -0500 wrote:
> For those following the IA vs. AI thread, consider the
> backlash now escalating against genetic engineering
> (bioenhanced food, cloning). And this hysterical backlash
> is happening despite the most ethical intentions and
> carefully crafted rhetoric of working biotechnologists.

It just occurred to me that I've been engaging in exactly the sort of qualitative thinking I keep asking people to get away from. The question is not the degree of backlash against AI, but the degree of backlash compared against IA.

I'll bet that more people go after me with machine guns for being a (natural!) neurohack than will ever object to my efforts in AI. After all, an altered human is there, already existent, easy to see, easy to conceptualize, easy to fear, and easy to hate.

I'd love to work on neurohacking but unfortunately I expect enough public and governmental interference to make the point moot. Nobody's going to let me experiment on 11-year-olds, which is where the most good could be done. I doubt it'll even be possible to hack around with adults except on some offshore hospital-boat. And I certainly can't run the effort via PGP.


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