Re: purpose of AIs

Anders Sandberg (
13 Dec 1999 13:17:46 +0100

"jeff nordahl" <> writes:

> Can someone please explain their motive for creating an AI in the first
> place. What would you use it for?

Beside the obvious usefulness of smart or independent programs (just imagine having a good secretary for all your projects!) and research interest, I think the greatest benefit of AI would be to have a different perspective. An AI would not be a human, and even if there might be some similarities due to programming or design criteria it would develop its own very different worldview. I think this would benefit us tremendously, as a diversity of viewpoints tends to make solving problems easier and question many assumptions taken for granted

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
GCS/M/S/O d++ -p+ c++++ !l u+ e++ m++ s+/+ n--- h+/* f+ g+ w++ t+ r+ !y