Re: poly: Dumbing down AIs (was: Modeling Economic Singularities

From: Damien R. Sullivan <>
Date: Sun Apr 26 1998 - 18:46:36 PDT

On Apr 26, 2:09pm, Robin Hanson wrote:

> >You haven't killed any slaves; you've prevented them from being born.
> >Whether this is an improvement depends on what you put in their place.

> I don't see an important difference between killing and preventing from
> living. And you did say what would be in their place: conscious AIs.

You don't see an important difference betweeen murder and abortion? Or
between killing an adult and contraception? I'm baffled.

I see a huge difference. Killing is something done to me, or done to another
citizen who could protest. If something is prevented from ever gaining
consciousness, though, I don't see the problem.

Some have said the history of technology is one of removing problems from the
conscious realm as we get better at solving them. I suppose we could be

> >... Of course, there might be good practical reasons for
> >limiting population growth, but in general I would say: the more, the
> >better (even if it would somewhat lower the average quality of life).
Urmm. I don't think I'd say that. The utilitarian argument for having more
people is to have more problem solvers; fewer better off people might be
better than a bunch of not so well off people.

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Received on Mon Apr 27 01:47:09 1998

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