Re: How to make a slave (was: Building a friendly AI)

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Wed Nov 21 2007 - 02:37:59 MST

On 21/11/2007, John K Clark <> wrote:

> Can you conceive of any circumstance where in the future you find that
> your only goal in life is the betterment of one particularly ugly and
> particularly slow reacting sea slug?

Yes: if my brain were altered so that that is what I wanted to do. I
would spend all my resources finding better ways to help the slug,
including any self-modification that would make me a better helper. I
might stop for a moment and reflect that this is ultimately an absurd
exercise, but if you think about it, everything is ultimately absurd,
and yet people still get on with their lives.

Stathis Papaioannou

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