Category Archives: Fun Theory

The Thing that I Protect – (Moral) Truth in Fiction?

The Thing That I Protect But still – what is it, then, the thing that I protect? Friendly AI?  No – a thousand times no – a thousand times not anymore.  It’s not thinking of the AI that gives me … Continue reading

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Three Worlds Collide

Three Worlds Collide (0/8)    (contains links to all parts) Set in a world where AI, nanotech and really advanced biotech is somehow impossible, Three Worlds Collide is a pretty cool sci-fi story about the encounter of alien races with differing … Continue reading

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Fun Theory Conclusion: Post 31 – 34

(Mainly quotes. I didn’t want to comment all that much cause I discussed all of these issues before.) 31. Higher Purpose In today’s world, most of the highest-priority legitimate Causes are about large groups of people in extreme jeopardy.  (Wide … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 24 – 30

24. Building Weirdtopia Yudkowsky invites the readers to write comments describing possible “weirdtopian” futures, i.e. worlds that are neither utopian nor dystopian, but pretty strange. 25. Justified Expectation of Pleasant Surprises We humans need hope. To get up every morning, … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 20 – 23

20. Emotional Involvement Can your emotions get involved in a video game?  Yes, but not much.  Whatever sympathetic echo of triumph you experience on destroying the Evil Empire in a video game, it’s probably not remotely close to the feeling … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 14 – 19

14. Amputation of Destiny Yudkowsky describes a book by Ian Banks that is about a society, called the Culture, that consists of happy, intelligent, long-living humans, low-grade transhumanists, so to speak. But everything is controlled by Minds, superintelligent AIs. Yudkowsky … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 11 – 13

11. Nonperson Predicates There is a subproblem of Friendly AI which is so scary that I usually don’t talk about it… …This is the problem that if you create an AI and tell it to model the world around it, … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 3 – 10

3. Complex Novelty In the book “Permutation City” by Greg Egan, apparently the favorite Sci-Fi book of Yudkowsky one of the main characters, Peer, modifies himself to find table-leg-carving utterly fascinating and enjoyable. Yudkowsky is horrified by this vision and … Continue reading

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Fun Theory: Post 1 – 2

1. Prolegomena to a Theory of Fun Raise the topic of cryonics, uploading, or just medically extended lifespan/healthspan, and some bioconservative neo-Luddite is bound to ask, in portentous tones: “But what will people do all day?” They don’t try to … Continue reading

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