From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Sep 15 2002 - 17:19:38 MDT
Cliff Stabbert wrote:
> How big would the temptation be for any current superpower to grab the
> first workable nanotech or the first usable general AI and use it to
> wield power over others?
Stealing the first workable nanotech is one thing. "Stealing" a general
AI is a bit different from stealing its physical hardware. AI is not a
tool. It is a mind. Moving an AI from one place to another doesn't make
it a tool in your hands, any more than moving Gandhi from India to Germany
causes him to become a Nazi. Now of course potential thieves may not know
that, but if so, failing to keep track of the distinction ourselves is
hardly conducive to enlightening them.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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