Re: Economic Growth Assuming Machine Intelligence

Michael Lorrey (
Thu, 01 Oct 1998 18:03:28 -0400

Robin Hanson wrote:

> Joe Jenkins writes:
> >> Economic Growth Assuming Machine Intelligence
> >> , .ps
> >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?
> I did not assume machine slavery, and so my results are uneffected by
> slavery vs. not.

Uh, I don't think so. If all AI machines were treated with a slave existence, then biological humanity as a whole would develop an aristocratic level of wealth based on the uncompensated profits from the productivity of the AI machines. I think that this scenario is the preferable one at least at first, as we are not JUST talking about completely human level AI. There will be a whole taxonomy of various AI entities, some of which we may want to grant personal sovereignty to, but hardly all of them. Its rather dumb to grant it across the board when 90%+ of AI entities will have intelligence less than a monkey. The dumber AIs will undoubtedly be developed first, and should be kept in a slave/master relationship, until actual human level AI is developed. Of course, if the 'upload' scenario develops before outright evolved AI, then it follows that where a 40 IQ AI entity would be a factory slave, an uploaded human mind would automatically carry over his/her personal sovereignty, as the upload's IQ would baseline at 100-200, and would grow upward from there. This does have a legal precedent. People who test below a certain level on intelligence/cognitive tests are considered wards of the state, i.e. permanent minors. There is also a grey area, where a retarded individual who can demonstrate learned skills of autonomy can gain limited or full personal sovereignty. It is also seen that retarded individuals may gain greater levels of autonomy by intelligence amplification from augmentation.

Mike Lorrey