Re: Corner cases was Robert Aunger essay

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Mon 17 Apr 2006 - 17:06:43 GMT

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    At 03:37 PM 4/17/2006 +0200, Tonie Putter wrote:

    snip (mostly agree, just not commenting on it)

    >May the gods protect us against the morals of sentient machines....

    The problem is there are no gods--yet! Sentient machines of the self-improving variety are likely to qualify though.

    One of the approaches to sentient machines is to blindly reproduce a human brain and upload it with a human mind. That approach scares me because humans seem to have behavior switches (for memes) that are activated when we have over stressed the environment and anticipate a bleak future.

    Accidently having that activated in a powerful AI is not a happy prospect.

    Keith Henson

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