Monday, June 18, 2007

Computerized Cindy Sheehan

A robot that has been programmed to react with various emotions to certain words. It has been programmed to automatically react with fear and disgust whenever it hears the word "president", much like I do whenever I hear "Nancy Pelosi".

This makes me wonder...when AI arrives, will they be pre-programmed with all the fears and prejudices of their creators? It sure looks that way, despite the hope of many transhumanists that the AI will be "better" than we are. I think it's more likely that the Singularity will amplify human imperfections as well as reason. Yet another reason we're not going to survive.

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