Stupid Questions Open Thread

I think it would be significantly easier to make FAI than LukeFreindly AI: for the latter, you need to do most of the work involved in the former, but also work out how to get the AI to find you (and not accidentally be freindly to someone else).

If it turns out that there's a lot of coherance in human values, FAI will resemble LukeFreindlyAI quite closely anyway.

I think it would be significantly easier to make FAI than LukeFreindly AI

Massively backwards! Creating an FAI (presumably 'friendly to humanity') requires an AI that can somehow harvest and aggregate preferences over humans in general but an FAI just needs to scan one brain.

3Armok_GoB8yI find it much more likely that it's the other way around; making one for a single brain that already has an utility function seems much easier than finding out a good compromise between billions. Especially if the form "upload me, then preform this specific type of enchantment to enable me to safely continue self improving." turns out to be safe enough.
5TheOtherDave8yIf FAI is HumanityFriendly rather than LukeFriendly, you have to work out how to get the AI to find humanity and not accidentally optimize for the extrapolated volition of some other group. It seems easier to me to establish parameters for "finding" Luke than for "finding" humanity.

Stupid Questions Open Thread

by Costanza 1 min read29th Dec 2011268 comments


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