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91 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 11 September 2007 06:31PM

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Comment author: Polymeron 23 February 2011 06:39:38PM 1 point [-]

Of course you can cease argument without consideration - if you deem the risks of continuing consideration to outweigh the benefits of weighing them. For instance, if you have 1 minute to try something that would save your life, and you require at least 5 minutes to properly assess anything further, you generally can't afford to weigh whether the idea would result in a worse situation somehow - beyond whatever assessment you have already made. At that point, the time for assessment is over.

For the most part, however, I agree with your point. I did not argue that one can rationally disagree with the statement "We need to balance the risks and opportunities of AI"; just that they can sincerely say it, and even argue for it. This was a response to you saying that "no one would ever utter the phrase in the first place". This just strikes me as false.

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity ;)

Comment author: bigjeff5 23 February 2011 10:25:25PM 0 points [-]

You're right, in that regard I was certainly mistaken.