[Blabber] George Dyson on the Origins of Computing

Rendall rendall at gmail.com
Thu Apr 12 13:27:49 EDT 2012

... because those things are vulnerable in the same ways as artificial
intelligence?  Really?  If we're talking metaphors, I imagine AI as more
similar to the spread of a technology or culture, which are vulnerable to
fads and collective whimsy, but not so much to deliberate attempts to stamp
them out.

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM, Jeff McCrum <mccrum at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  "
> Why wouldn't AI reveal itself to us?"
> Because if AI has been paying any attention, it's going to read about the
> dodo, the passenger pigeon, and Madison Square Garden Station and realize
> we'll do the same to it given the chance.
> ------------------------------
> Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 12:52:17 -0400
> From: rendall at gmail.com
> To: blabber at hackmanhattan.danielpacker.org
> Subject: [Blabber] George Dyson on the Origins of Computing
> The article linked below included this statement by George Dyson:  "I
> believe that if there *were* a true artificial intelligence, it would be
> smart enough not to reveal itself to us."
> That strikes me as an impossible-to-prove assertion, rather like the
> existence of invisible pink unicorns or that we all live in a simulacrum,
> but is it?  How would you go about proving, or disproving, the existence of
> hiding AI? Why wouldn't AI reveal itself to us?
> http://thebrowser.com/interviews/george-dyson-on-origins-computing
> The books he reviews themselves are interesting, and some are definitely
> going on my to-read list!
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