Re: Eugene's nuclear threat

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Mon Oct 09 2000 - 12:58:58 MDT

Eugene Leitl wrote:
>I do think that the consensus is that to want to live is not evil, and
>by exclusion things which terminate an enjoyable existance to be
>evil. Quite axiomatic, or so I have thought.

If one thing must die for another to be born, then it is not obvious
which to prefer.

>There's a difference. Our children won't eat us, AIs possibly
>could. (Would you be nice to Giger's alien?) If AIs grow slow, there
>would be sense for them to reciprocate us being nice to them. If they
>grow fast, we're just reabsorbable scaffold. Until we know for sure
>which bootstrap kinetics will occur I recommend caution.

Hard to argue against caution - so sure, let's be cautious. And I
do believe that AIs will grow slow enough to learn to reciprocate.

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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