Re: [sl4] Friendly AI in the media: Terminator, the Sarah Connor Chronicles

From: Hector Zenil (
Date: Thu Feb 19 2009 - 19:12:32 MST

There have been several references, including to the original
mechanical Turk, the Singularity and more recently to friendly AI or
"moral" AI (surprisingly motivated by other AI --another more advanced
Terminator-- that wants this robots to be enhanced). The show is quite
good from my point of view. Somehow informed at least. And behind the
explicit words there is also to think about: the "good" Terminator has
been developing more human behavior while interacting with this family
(Sarah and John Connor) after the Connor figured out how to unleash
the Terminator learning capabilities. There are even suggestions that
this "good" Terminator (which is a "female") is "getting in love" with
John Connor, and the other way around as well, at least it seemed so
during the first season. As bizarre as that sounds the show has
managed to present it in a non-trivial somehow clever way. I am
basically following the show because of these regular flashes of
intellectual threads from the writers, something missing from most
(perhaps all) other Sci-FI mediocre TV shows I've seen related to AI
(e.g. the new Knight Rider which is just crap as most TV).

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 2:43 AM, Vladimir Nesov <> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 1:50 AM, Michael Anissimov
> <> wrote:
>> Can someone give me the gist of what happened? Are there any online
>> transcripts?
>> Did you watch the rest of the whole thing? No other FAI-relevant material
>> whatsoever? Man, TV is such crap.
>> I know they are making 3 more Terminator movies. Hopefully some of
>> Eliezer's writings will be required reading for the actors, but I somehow
>> doubt it.
> A christian character preaches to the AI, after AI killed his
> psychologist predecessor. The boss on AI's development assigned him to
> this task to make AI behave better. Programmers supporting the AI
> don't understand how it's developing, which is what the psychologist
> was initially brought about, to interpret AI's behavior. Later this
> season AI was given unlimited access to the Internet and a terminator
> body.
> --
> Vladimir Nesov

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