Re: Dynamic ethics

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Sat Jan 21 2006 - 00:05:41 MST

On 1/21/06, Kevin Osborne <> wrote:
> Coming back to my junk math, say north korea, as a state where "rape,
> torture and murder on truly large scales have taken place", has a
> child abuse rate twice that of the south, i.e. 1 in 2 - pretty
> horrible numbers I would have thought. Still, that shakes out to 11.5
> million north koreans who have been subjected to child rape, as
> opposed to 12 million south koreans; in real terms, the numbers are no
> better.

I'm glad you agree that your argument is "junk math", so no need to comment

But what I am suggesting is that an AGI may find itself unable to
> accept such malignant acts, in their entirety. Not one child, not ever
> again; forget about a million. So what does it do? Raise them itself?
> Add nano/chemical restraints into the air/water supply? Surreptiously
> implant sense-recorders? Decide adults are damaged goods, and keep us
> all pre-pubescent children of the corn?

The last four words are well chosen; this is a fair idea for a Stephen King
story, it just doesn't have anything to do with reality.

- Russell

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