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Letter Re: Artificial Intelligence

• Survivalblog.com
Our world lives with potential catastrophe, i.e. nuke war, EMP attack, famine, drought, civil unrest, asteroids, etc. These are all potentially survivable occurrences. The achievement of AGI (artificial general intelligence) leading to super machine intelligence is not. You might also check out the following: http://Plato.stanford.edu/entries/Chinese-room/.

Hugh Replies: While I understand the reasoning behind the desire to advance artificial intelligence, I also clearly see the dangers in it. Isaac Asimov was a visionary in his "I Robot" series in dealing with this issue. While the ability to make decisions can be clearly advanced, even in the face of unclear logic, the morality of making any decision without guiding ethics and principles is definitely questionable.

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