Re: Economic Growth Assuming Machine Intelligence

Robin Hanson (
Thu, 01 Oct 1998 16:44:19 -0700

Mike Lorrey writes:
>> >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. ...

Perhaps, but I don't at all see how this is contrary to what I said.

Robin Hanson RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884 140 Warren Hall, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-7360 FAX: 510-643-8614