Re: PHYSICS/SPACE: Legitimate time traval proposal etc.

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun May 20 2001 - 20:49:01 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:
> >
> > Taking your idea to the NSA isn't unethical tech suppression. Asking the
> > NSA to assassinate everyone else who has the idea is unethical tech
> > suppression.
> Giving an advanced and powerful technology over to an
> organization that is fundamentally uncontrollable and is part of
> the government's cloak and dagger side, is utterly unethical in
> my book and much more dangerous a cure than the disease.

It might be, quite arguably, a bad idea. Immoral - not unethical. My
point is that "suppression" is trying to grab other people's ideas.
Everyone has, not only the right, but the responsibility to decide what to
do with their *own* ideas.

Time travel is such a wildcard that I'm less worried about what people
*think* they're doing than I am about what will happen anyway.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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