Re: Investing in FAI research: now vs. later

From: Matt Mahoney (
Date: Wed Feb 20 2008 - 13:57:32 MST

--- "Peter C. McCluskey" <> wrote:
> There appears to be a serious lack of communication between people who
> think we're doomed without FAI and the people who expect a diverse society
> of AIs. It appears that the leading advocates of one outcome can't imagine
> how anyone could believe the other outcome is possible. This appears to be
> a symptom of a serious failure of rationality somewhere. I wish I could
> lock the leaders of each side of this schism into a room and not let them
> out until they either reached agreement or came up with a clear explanation
> of why they disagreed. Presumably part of the disagreement is over the
> speed at which AI will take off, but that can't explain the certainty with
> which each side appears to dismiss the other.

I think that both sides can agree that a singularity will result in the
extinction of humans in their present form and their replacement with higher
level intelligence. Where they disagree is whether this is good or bad. A
rational approach does not answer the question.

-- Matt Mahoney,

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