From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jul 04 2002 - 12:05:44 MDT
David McFadzean has volunteered to be the programmer in an AI-Box
experiment. David McFadzean is "Lucifer".
From the #sl4 chat:
<Lucifer> I remember when Nathan Russell let you out, but that doesn't
constitute a proof.
<Lucifer> Have you done any box experiments since then?
<Lucifer> I want to be next.
* Eliezer says to Lucifer: "It doesn't work if you think there's
actually a chance you could be persuaded to let someone out."
<Lucifer> I don't think there is a chance I could be persuaded.
* Eliezer says to Lucifer: "It's only impressive if you can find
someone who'll say "NOTHING on EARTH can persuade me to let you out",
then get them to let you out."
* Eliezer says to Lucifer: "Oh... you don't think so?"
<Lucifer> I'm willing to bet cold hard paypal cash.
* Gordon thinks Lucifer is just trying to convince Eliezer to go for it
<Lucifer> I am curious, but I'm still convinced there is nothing you
could say to convince me to let you out of the box.
* Eliezer says to Lucifer: "And you do understand that, under the
terms of the arrangement, whether you let me out or not, you can never
tell anyone what went on in there?"
* Lucifer understands.
* Eliezer says, "Well... okay, if you honestly think that nothing I
can possibly say (as a transhuman AI) can convince you (as the
experimenter) to let me out, then I'm willing to take you up on it."
* Eliezer says to Lucifer: "Actually, one more question though: Do
you believe that a transhuman AI couldn't persuade you to let it out?"
* Lucifer gives the question some serious thought...
<Lucifer> I can't imagine anything even a transhuman AI could say to get
me to let it out.
* Eliezer says to Lucifer: "Okay, *now* we have a bet..."
<Lucifer> I'm ready, what are the ground rules?
[Eliezer] We open up an IRC channel called #aibox2, which is +s and +i.
You can go first so you can be op. The experiment lasts 2 hours or
until you decide to let me out.
[Eliezer] If you haven't let me out by the end of the experiment, I'll
paypal you, say, $20 - that sound about right?
<Lucifer> sounds good
[Eliezer] Also, are you subscribed to SL4?
[Eliezer] Do you want to send an email describing the experiment, or
<Lucifer> you can go ahead
-- Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://intelligence.org/ Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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