Re: Why would AI want to be friendly?

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Mon Oct 02 2000 - 02:48:07 MDT

J. R. Molloy writes:
> me> [friendship is a relative metric]
> Nonsense. Friendly means behavior typical of a friend; showing friendship;
> helpful, supportive, amicable; promoting good will.
Adolf Hitler was a warm personality, he really liked Bormann's eight
children. According to you, he was Jewish children's best friend, too.

Sorry, now it is my turn to cry nonsense.

According to Eliezer, I'm evil. This probably means I'm UnFriendly
relatively to him. Now the SI is both Friendly to me and Eliezer,
according to Eliezer. But I don't want it to be Friendly to Eliezer,
because he's on the Good People List, and I'm on the Evil People List
(and everybody knows Evil people can't be Friendly to Good people). If
it's Friendly to Eliezer I consider it to be UnFriendly to me.

Hmm. Now, I'm not as smart as Eliezer, but I seem to see some problems
with that logic.

> AI would want to be friendly because it's the intelligent thing to do.

Hitler would want to be friendly because it's the Nazi thing to do.

So, the thread has ended, you have won, let's move on to something
new. I suggest we move on to NRA and gun legislation. And whether bees
have stings.

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