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38 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 October 2007 11:47PM

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Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 26 October 2007 12:33:01AM 6 points [-]

Does anyone know how to build a Friendly AI?

It seems perfectly possible to know a particular field well enough that you can predict with high confidence that nobody currently knows the answer to some question. You can never be certain of this, but that's trivial.

Comment author: soreff 07 May 2011 01:01:47AM 1 point [-]

Agreed (albeit I also agree with Ken2's comment in response). One other point, though, is that there are some limitations one can know based on our current ability to do experiments. Perhaps one of the string theories is right about physics at Plank energies - but we currently have no access to particles at those energies, which severely limits how well we can currently test such theories. Given two theories which make different predictions in this regime, but which have nearly indistinguishable low energy limits, we have essentially no current way to tell which is more likely to be true.

Comment author: James_Smith 28 June 2011 12:33:01AM 0 points [-]

I agree with the original premise that there are too many people for one person to know everything or even everything that is known.

Something I read some years ago is that everyone knows something that you do not. In that regard, everyone is your master.