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MichaelAnissimov comments on Failed Utopia #4-2 - Less Wrong

53 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 January 2009 11:04AM

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Comment author: MichaelAnissimov 21 January 2009 09:10:51PM 6 points [-]

Eliezer, the character here does seem more subtle than Belldandy, but of course you only have so much room to develop it in a short story. I'm not criticizing your portrayal, which I think is fine, I'm just pointing out that such an entity is uniquely annoying by its very nature. I do feel sorry for her, but I would think that the Overmind would create her in a state of emotional serenity, if that were possible. Her anxious emotional state does add to the frantic confusion and paranoia of the whole story.

Though we in the community have discussed the possibility of instantly-created beings for some time, only recently I found out that the idea that God created the world with a false history has a name -- the Omphalos hypothesis. Not sure if you already knew, but others might find it useful as a search term for more thoughts on the topic.

This short story would make a good addition to the fiction section on your personal website.

Comment author: ChrisHallquist 21 May 2012 06:53:20AM 7 points [-]

One possible interpretation is that the AI realized that if it created her in a state of emotional serenity, Sam would find her calm at a situation he hated creepy. On the other hand, having her freaking out at the beginning may, over the course of the next week, make it easier for Sam to relate to her and prevent him from transferring his hatred of the AI to her.