Re: Economic Growth Assuming Machine Intelligence

Joe Jenkins (
Thu, 1 Oct 1998 07:51:00 -0700 (PDT)

---Robin Hanson <> wrote:

> Economic Growth Assuming Machine Intelligence
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> by Robin Hanson

Why have you assumed a state of slavery for the sentient beings? How would self ownership and a right to ones own wages, for the machine intelligences change your results?

Another assumption I'm still grappling with, is that the labor population of machine intelligences could grow as fast as desired to meet labor demand. I'm not so sure human or greater intelligences wouldn't have a problem once they start seeing thousand of copies of themselves in the population. Although, all you need to find is one willing participant, this may still be a problem. Could you find one human who is willing to undergo constant torture? Would the world be satisfied if it starts seeing skyrocketing suicide rates? I know most will disagree with me on this, but I think there might be some socio-political unknowns that are not at all foreseeable that might stop this dead in its tracts.

Joe Jenkins

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