Friday, January 18, 2008

"God Creates Dinosaurs, God destroys Dinosuars..."

"God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs..."

"Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth..."

When we create the first superintelligent entity, we might make a mistake and give it goals that lead it to annihilate humankind, assuming its enormous intellectual advantage gives it the power to do so. For example, we could mistakenly elevate a subgoal to the status of a supergoal. We tell it to solve a mathematical problem, and it complies by turning all the matter in the solar system into a giant calculating device, in the process killing the person who asked the question.

8 comments:

Dave said...

Huh?

Jimu said...

actually I like the idea of the supercomputer. I think that would make a very very interesting Sci-fi short story.. kinda like the 9 billiion names of god. (a great one by Arthur C. Clarke if I remember)

Jimu said...

and incase you never read it:

http://www.geocities.com/rojodos/docs/9000000000.htm

Jason said...

For some reason, on the way out to KC...my mind was wondering I and got to thinking about technological singularity. I honestly don't know what's wrong with me, but when I woke up this morning I couldn't get it out of my head...and I came upon that quote...anyway, I'm a weird boy (probably why I don't ever seem to fit in).

Jason said...

Thanks for the link Jimu.

Jason said...

BTW--that whole bit about dinosaurs is from JURASSIC PARK.

Dave said...

Ahh there was a whole bit I couldn't see.

Dang.

That explains a lot.

MY turn for a story:
http://www.multivax.com/last_question.html

Jason said...

Yeah, I was playing around one day and I figured out how to do that...

I think I've read the story you linked to before, that's the one where they ask the supercomputer how to avoid entropy, right? And the computer's "solution" is to basically re-create the universe (I think it even says "let there be light" like God in the Bible's beginning--which as we all know is the best part).