Robot Programmed To Love Goes Too Far (link)

post by Alexei · 2012-04-28T01:21:45.465Z · score: -5 (12 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 11 comments

Might be a nice story to point out to people who think "friendly" is easy.



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comment by Rain · 2012-04-28T02:00:40.369Z · score: 4 (4 votes) · LW · GW

Maybe it was based on Hugbot.

comment by shminux · 2012-04-28T01:28:47.149Z · score: -1 (9 votes) · LW · GW

An aspired rationalist ought to be less gullible and able to spot a hoax like that. Did you feel any sense of confusion when reading it and looking at the picture?

comment by Raemon · 2012-04-28T03:06:20.719Z · score: 1 (1 votes) · LW · GW

I first read that article a while ago, and was taken in until I read some other articles on the site. It does sound plausible to me that such a robot might be built someday and go wrong in a similar fashion.

I'm neither upvoting nor downvoting the OP because I think the article is interesting a) as a test of rationality/skepticism, and b) as a simple expression of Friendly AI concepts that are worth discussing, as a thought experiment at least.

comment by pedanterrific · 2012-04-28T03:12:45.450Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Since it's not made obvious in the title or body of the post, maybe this comment would benefit from rot13? Just a suggestion.

comment by shminux · 2012-04-28T04:04:32.679Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What would the the reason for obfuscating?

comment by pedanterrific · 2012-04-28T04:07:26.493Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

I read your comment before I clicked on the link, so I didn't get the chance to spot the hoax for myself.

comment by shminux · 2012-04-28T05:15:34.256Z · score: 0 (2 votes) · LW · GW

Ah, makes sense. Thanks.

comment by vi21maobk9vp · 2012-04-28T07:07:11.533Z · score: 1 (5 votes) · LW · GW

What about actually applying rot13? Here, this is what you need to copy-paste:

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comment by shminux · 2012-04-28T07:43:29.651Z · score: -5 (7 votes) · LW · GW

I know how to use rot13. I will consider obfuscation the next time an issue like this arises.

comment by vi21maobk9vp · 2012-04-28T08:15:29.428Z · score: 4 (8 votes) · LW · GW

I know that you know, but trivial obstacles and all that...

Changing your comment now could be a service for a few dozens of people who will see this article in the proximate future.

comment by Paulovsk · 2012-05-03T21:02:24.625Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

exactly. I missed the shot, for example.