Re: war etc.

Michael Wiik (
Sun, 8 Sep 1996 16:10:53 -0700 (PDT)

> war, suffering, murder are conditions of existence, not just human
> existence, there's nothing especially human or inhuman about them. I
> doubt they would be included in an ultimatum from an advanced AI any
> more than we would be demanded to "get it together" with regards to
> eating, excretion, locomotion, and our sexual habits. Plus, don't you think
> it would a bit hypocritical of such a being to demand that we end war
> and suffering, or be plowed under?

I didn't mean this scenario as some sort of test for the human race.
It's simply a case of how much trouble humans might pose to the AI.
Humans might not present enough benefits to such an intelligence to
keep around if they are going to randomly damage equipment. Consider it
equivalent to demanding that an obnoxious houseguest either shape up
or leave.

> -TLR

             Michael Wiik             Messagenet Communications Research