Re: poly: Neural basis of utility estimation

From: Anders Sandberg <>
Date: Thu Feb 26 1998 - 11:11:08 PST

Robin Hanson <> writes:

> Economists did these sorts of experiments decades ago, minus the direct
> brain stimulation. I don't see how adding that commodity really tells
> us anything new. But then I haven't read the article.

The fun part is of course that we now are getting closer to the neural
substrate of utility and how it interacts with our behavior. This
suggests to me that we can start analysing our old utility estimating
systems and maybe tune them to fit our own ideas about what utility
should be like, instead of what evolution on an African savannah would
tune them to.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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Received on Thu Feb 26 19:13:03 1998

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