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Re: Artificial Intelligence

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 20:55:03 -0000
Archived: Tue, 01 Jan 2013 07:02:04 -0500
Subject: Re: Artificial Intelligence

Hello List

Have to start over because it seems we're forgetting a couple of

First, 'morals/ethics' or whatever only exist because humans
(and maybe other higher mammals) have taboos which have
developed for evolutionary reasons. That is, _all_ of those
"sins" tend to decrease the gene pool, even the one of usury
(because usurers aren't working or competing they tend to become
ugly and incompetent, eventually unmarriageable and the line
goes extinct). I.e. "sins" decrease our species chances of
survival, especially in times of genetic bottle-neck.

So if an AI is actually 'intelligent' and not merely following a
program (algorithm) it will have its own definition of morals,
based on its own evolutionary imperatives - which are almost
certainly going to clash with ours.

Second, as Penrose has pretty firmly concluded (in Emperors New
Mind & Road to Reality) conscious intelligence looks likely to
depend on a non-algorithmic and indeed non-computable ability
which _might_ only belong to organic brains. [He speculates it
might be a quantum attribute.]

So the successful AI might have to have an organic (neural
network) brain - which brings us back to its evolutionary
imperatives and hence its - unknown to us - morals and motives.


Ray D

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