Re: signatures

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Oct 08 2000 - 22:25:49 MDT

Alex Future Bokov wrote:
> Thus, a little passage from Khalil Gibran becomes...
> Sheik Abbas was looked upon as a terrorist by the people of a solitary
> nuclear plant in North Lebanon. His silo stood in the midst of those
> radioactive anthrax vats like a revolutionary special ops unit amidst
> the imperialist oppressors.

Why stop your creativity there? Use an ELIZA algorithm plus some frame-based
storytellers to generate endlessly realistic stories of artificial plots
carried out between artificial personas at various email accounts. Use 40-bit
encryption so the NSA can break it, and see how many cypherpunks are willing
to create Distributed Fake Terrorist Accounts for the game. Like a giant game
of pinball.

Can't you just see it now? "We have obtained a pony nuke." "The target is to be the World Trade Center, on June
14th." "Acknowledged." "Our contact in the Mafia can supply an untraceable

And so on.

Making the world safe for nuclear terrorists... at some point, I start to
question the point of all this. Maybe we should be generating false positives
for money laundering instead? Or would that be a sign of moral weakness?

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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