(urth) 5HC : Chinese boxes or tea chests?

Maru Dubshinki marudubshinki at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 10:29:51 PST 2005

What I meant was something along these lines: ' Suppose further that
the robots ran into some difficult, advanced, hard-to-solve
life-threatening problem. Let's call it X.  Then the robots solve X
just like the humans would have, if they were still around (because
the robots are so very good at imitating what humans would do). Then
some advanced aliens come...' etc.

Microsoft delenda est.

Nathan Spears <spearofsolomon at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm not sure I get the "have to nuke the asteriod" bit.  If the computers ran off
> solar energy than it would be a legimate problem, I suppose, although not for the
> reasons they were aware of.  But don't you think that an entity which has
> consciousness needs to be "self-aware" enough to make real decisions concerning its
> own future?  Or were you saying that the computers destroyed the asteriod out of a
> legitimate sense of self-preservation?
> Chris, I would have gone with Platonic Plutonians: do the computers aspire to the
> Form of Personhood?

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