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72 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 February 2008 10:53PM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 18 February 2008 07:16:17AM 6 points [-]

Hollerith: I do not have a high degree of confidence that I know how to choose wisely, but (at least until I become aware of the existence of nonhuman intelligent beings) I do know that if there exists wisdom enough to choose wisely, that wisdom resides among the humans. So, I will choose to steer the future into a possible world in which a vast amount of rational attention is focused on the humans...

and lo the protean opaque single thing was taken out of one box and put into another

PK: Thank you. However merely putting the technique into the "toolbox" and never looking back is not enough. We must go further. This technique should be used at which point we will either reach new insights or falsely the method. Would you care to illustrate what FAI means to you Eliezer?(others are also invited to do so)

Don't underestimate me so severely. You think I don't know how to define "Friendly" without using synonyms? Who do you think taught you the technique? Who do you think invented Friendly AI?

But I came to understand, after a period of failure in trying to explain, that I could not tell people where I had climbed to, without giving them the ladder. People just went off into Happy Death Spirals around their favorite things, or proffered instrumental goals instead of terminal goals, or made wishes to genies, or said "Why don't you just build an AI to do the right thing instead of this whole selfish human-centered business?", or...

I've covered some of the ladder I used to climb to Friendly AI. But not all of it. So I'm not going to try to explain FAI as yet; more territory left to go.

But you (PK) are currently applying the Taboo technique correctly, which is the preliminary path I followed at the analogous point in my own reasoning; and I'm interested in seeing you follow it as far as you can. Maybe you can invent the rest of the ladder on your own. You're doing well so far. Maybe you'll even reach a different but valid destination.