Re: A scary but HYPOTHETICAL question.

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 23:30:05 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> Sure, and this answer will be surely echoed from others, but the question
> to me is: why is it that so many of us seem to have this unquestioned
> instinct to use our dying breath attempting to download to surviving
> humanity those insights we have managed to gain? Im not arguing
> this is not a good thing to do, I just cannot figure out exactly why. spike

I know exactly why, at least in my case. The Singularity matters to me for
reasons which are not dependent on my own continued existence. I have a place
in the Singularity and, if I found out I had a hard time limit, the most
valuable contribution I could make would be to try and minimize the size of
the hole left by my departure.

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

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