From: Ben Goertzel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Nov 10 2002 - 10:30:58 MST
> > Is it immoral to tell Y X2 rather than X1, in order to convince them?
> At the very least it's damn risky, and I'd take the coward's way out
In my example, let's take X = "AGI research should be funded liberally,
X1 = "AGI research should be funded liberally because of strong
X2 = "AGI research should be funded liberally because of watered-down
Let Y = "Institutions and people with a lot of money"
I understand that there are risks attached to convincing Y of X via X2
rather than X1
The problem is that there are also large risks attached to not convincing Y
of X at all.
The human race may well destroy itself prior to launching the Singularity,
if Singularity-ward R&D does not progress fast enough.
The balancing of these risks is not very easy.
Taking the coward's way out regarding the risks of PR, could have
dramatically terrible consequences regarding the risks of some nutcase (or
group thereof) finally getting bioterrorism to work effectively....
- Ben G
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