Fumbling Towards il burattino di Collodi

Dave Long dl at silcom.com
Thu Oct 23 08:55:34 PDT 2003

> With that in mind, it would seem to me that some kind of expression of 
> recognizable "ethical thought" that transcends instinctive 
> self-preservation --- that is, a framework for making reasoned value 
> judgments about goals larger than self ...

So, if an AI, instead of letting its
strings get pulled by its own narrow
self-interest (and therefore turning
into an artificial ass), expresses a
system of ethical thought (which can
be recognized according to standards
set by punk-hair fairies and talking
crickets), it counts as a real boy?


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