Game Theory and the Golden Rule

Eugen Leitl eugen at
Tue Dec 2 01:45:14 PST 2003

On Mon, Dec 01, 2003 at 10:10:26PM -0800, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> I believe on can only make this assumption if one assumes rough intellectual
> parity between agents.  If one does not make this assumption, or assumes
> large disparities in practical intelligence, this does not hold.

Right. And the nature of AI emergence indicates it will be a
punctuated-equilibrium event. People just won't know what hit them.
> Computational parity between intelligent agents is one of those pervasive
> assumptions in human thinking and institutions based upon historical
> reality, one that more or less asserts that 1) only humans are intelligent
> agents, and that 2) all humans have functionally equivalent intelligence
> (although this illusion frays at the extremes).

It's very obvious, and truly remarkable how many people don't get
that the game completely changes when the old rules no longer apply.
> Some day, when we play "hamster" to the computer's "human", we'll be in for
> a rude awakening on a great many levels.

The moment you can buy a molecular circuitry desktop fabbing rig for 100 k$,
things start going to get interesting.

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