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22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 November 2008 07:26AM

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Comment author: Douglas_Knight3 24 November 2008 07:03:50AM 1 point [-]

why would a non-friendly AI not use those innovations to trade, instead of war?

The comparative advantage analysis ignores the opportunity cost of not killing and seizing property. Between humans, the usual reason it's not worth killing is that it destroys human capital, usually the most valuable possession. But an AI or an emulation might be better off seizing all CPU time than trading with others.

Once the limiting resource is not the number of hours in a day, the situation is very different. Trade might still make sense, but it might not.