Re: Scenario for early hard takeoff

From: Mike Dougherty (
Date: Fri Aug 31 2007 - 16:18:56 MDT

On 8/31/07, Matt Mahoney <> wrote:
> I would like to hear your opinions on the threat of early, hard takeoff

> CD, and then connect to an Internet where every computer is infected? Or do
> you just accept that you can't trust your computer, and just live with it?

I couldn't trust my roommate in college, but I had to live with him.
It reminds me of Pascal's wager - if computers can become sentient,
how do we know they aren't already? If I assume that the evil
sentient machine is going to rape my digital identity, then I'm
probably paranoid - but what is a healthy balance for paranoia level?

You make a very interesting point. I hope there is more conversation
on this thread.

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