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187: The Anthropomorphic Divide


KMO welcomes Noble Ape creator Tom Barbalet to the program to discuss the nature of intelligence. Is survival the best indicator of intelligence? Is there anything special about so called "general intelligence?" Tom thinks that the leading Singularitarians proceed in their thinking about simulation, technology, and intelligence based on some very naive premises. Has the technological singularity already occurred? Tom gives his reason for thinking that it took place in the 1980s.

Tom is the editor of Biota.org, The Artificial Life Project and host of the Biota Live internet radio program.


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Jan. 7th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
You say, "When you have a computer that actually understands what money is... you'll get much more humane and desirable behavior," and I thought that Barbalet's response to that was quite insightful.

If intelligent, caring people enmeshed in corporate structures are made to collectively act as cruel, amoral machines, why assume that super-intelligent machines would fare any better? There's some reason to be doubtful. At the very least, it's not clear that corporations are less able to use intelligent people in their amoral quest for profit, and it's not clear that intelligent people are better able to steer corporations towards moral good.

Singularitarians seem to pay a fair amount of attention to the idea of "friendly AI", but plenty of friendly people work as part of rather unfriendly power structures. Is that simply a matter of insufficient intelligence, or will early self-aware machines get desk jobs at Goldman Sachs just to pay the electricity bills?
Jan. 8th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC)
I was trying to repreent the Singularitarian viewpoint
You raise a thoughtful point. Thank you for posting it.
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