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21 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 December 2008 05:00PM

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Comment author: Peter_de_Blanc 27 December 2008 01:39:55AM 0 points [-]

nazgulnarsil, I think you're confused about what a utility function is. "Maximizing paperclips" or "maximizing staples" are not utility functions, although they may describe the actions carried out by an expected utility maximizer. Try reading the wikipedia article on expected utility.