Re: Artilects & stuff

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 14 Sep 1999 07:56:16 -0500

Spike Jones wrote:
> den Otter wrote:
> > Apparently you can join teams here, like:
> >
> > Cosmists Team
> > Team in favor of ultra machine delvelopment; promotion and distribution.
> >
> > Terrans Team
> > A Terran (based on the word "terra", the earth) is someone who feels
> > that artilects are too potentially dangerous to be built.
> Which team should one join if one believes artilects are dangerous as
> all hell but which cannot be stopped indefinitely, therefore they must
> be carefully developed by responsible and ethical people? spike

Probably the Grown-Ups Team, the same team you join if you believe that AIs are considerably more dangerous than all hell, but still not as dangerous as humans. Dr. Hugo de Garis's visualization seems to project that the Cosmists and Terrans will settle things in some sort of planetary debating match, instead of by war or whichever team happens to have the most political power, which indicates to me that he's wandering around in the same fantasyland as most alleged futurists.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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