I'll generalize from my own observations: I'm pretty sure there were many instances where, had I infinite willpower, I would have gotten some rather nice things done... but with some gaping flaws that I wouldn't notice until much later, flaws which would probably be pretty hard to mend without starting over. The sorta-kinda advantage to not being able to exert infinite will is the opportunity for plans to get gradually refined in the background, or for incidental side things to get involved, etc.

Metaphorical Tunnel vision, more or less.

So, for example, if this character is using their infinite willpower to construct an AGI, they'd be more likely to brute-force through it and end up with an UFAI.

More "Stupid" Questions

by NancyLebovitz 1 min read31st Jul 2013498 comments


This is a thread where people can ask questions that they would ordinarily feel embarrassed for not knowing the answer to. The previous "stupid" questions thread went to over 800 comments in two and a half weeks, so I think it's time for a new one.