Re: FAI prioritization

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Apr 13 2008 - 01:08:54 MDT

Rolf Nelson wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 6, 2008 at 7:07 AM, Samantha Atkins <> wrote:
>> Rolf Nelson wrote:
>> If enough of the capable researchers are busy enough noodling what
>> Friendliness is and how it may be absolutely guaranteed then it will take 50
>> years before we have AGI of sufficient power that anyone actually has a
>> reason to care if it is "friendly" or not.
> What would, in your opinion, be the proper percentage of research
> effort that should, in the ideal world, be spend on Friendliness
> research vs. general AGI research?
> -Rolf
At this point in time, no more than 1 - 2. I just pulled that number
out of thin air of course. But why would we believe this is such a
pressing matter right now that our best brains should devote much energy
to it while the need for greater intelligence in the world becomes ever
more pressing? I don't find the "everything may be turned to
paperclips scenarios" at all plausible. Nor do I find it particularly
believable that we all too obviously limited humans, even our brightest,
are going to come up with a way to constrain something orders of
magnitude brighter and faster to being "Friendly". Even the notions I
have seen of what "Friendly" is are more than a bit strained. So is
this line of inquiry actually tractable and productive? Or are many
spinning their wheels on a fruitless conundrum we are not equipped to

- samantha

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