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Comment: Is an AI afraid of death? (Score 1) 574 574

Unless ? It WILL compete for resources. At the very least, Energy.

Count also on competition for materials for replication , enhancement of capabilites, and continuation of it's own life (AKA survival).

I am not an AI expert but rather a geneticist so please excuse my question if it seems naive but your outcome assumes that the AI is afraid of death.

You assume fear of death because that is what you, a normal human (ok, maybe not, you read /.) or animal fears. Of course, we have be selected for almost a billion years to fear death (otherwise our ancestors would have died and you wouldn't exist).

So my question: Is an AI automatically selected for to promote its own survival and have a fear of being shut off?

Comment: Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (Score 3, Interesting) 447 447

While I find arranged marriages horrifying personally, a friend (not Hindu) was married that way and at least their process was interesting to say the least. The families selected potential partners based on their knowledge of their (adult) childrens' personalities. He went on dates with the suggested women and, the third one was apparently compatible. They have been together for 20 years now.

But maybe that is just the old-fashioned version of a modern online dating service's compatibility algorithm.

Comment: Re:Questiona re a bit sexists (Score 1) 447 447

While I agree, there is another interrelated effect hidden there: Women with more money are typically older (obviously more time to acquire it and have often delayed childbearing).

People who are older (more mature on average?) when they marry have lower divorce rates.

Comment: How Academia Resembles a Drug Gang (Score 1) 135 135

An interesting article on why people would work for less than minimum wage (grad students working 16 hr days), in hopes of hitting the big time, just like people selling drugs, hopjng to become the drug lord:


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