Talk:Friendly artificial intelligence

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Accessibility of the article

I think this article should also work as a first introduction to the concept (referring to the necessary external documents perhaps), so that one can put a link to it on the web, clarifying the use of the concept. Presently it's quite opaque, and discusses only some arcane stuff while taking too much understanding for granted. --Vladimir Nesov 23:20, 4 November 2009 (UTC)

Merge FAI and uFAI articles?

This is to suggest that the Friendly artificial intelligence and Unfriendly artificial intelligence pages be merged into one article (perhaps Friendly and unFriendly artificial intelligence), the rationale here being that the two concepts are just too closely linked (by a negation, in fact) to deserve separate pages. It's hard to explain FAI without at the same time explaining why uFAI would be bad. Any thoughts, or should I just do it? --Zack M. Davis 02:17, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

I recommend merging the articles but leaving a redirection from Unfriendly AI. --Wedrifid 04:51, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

The concepts answer different questions: FAI article should talk about what it means and what it takes to make AI Friendly, while UFAI article about why there is the danger in arbitrary AIs to begin with. There seems to be little overlap in these concerns. Currently, some discussion that should go into UFAI is in Paperclip maximizer. I'm restoring the UFAI article, but let's see it its concept can be made an explicit topic in FAI article. --Vladimir Nesov 12:55, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

unFriendly vs. unfriendly

I also suggest that "unFriendly AI" be consistently rendered with the capital F, as Friendliness is being used as technical term distinct from ordinary human friendliness. Compare the precedent. --Zack M. Davis 02:17, 30 October 2009 (UTC)

Consistent capitalisation is appropriate. I Suggest that the decision is between 'Unfriendly and unFriendly. --wedrifid

The distinction between capital-F Friendliness and the dictionary word is already unusual enough, funny capitalization seems a little too much, even though historically it's popular. --Vladimir Nesov 13:26, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
Eliezer seems to use unFriendly consistently; maybe we should consult him? --Zack M. Davis 18:40, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
But it's not an actual problem worth caring about, is it? There just can't be a strong reason one way or the other. --Vladimir Nesov 20:24, 31 October 2009 (UTC)
It seems nontrivial to me, although I could just be unusually (over)sensitive to this sort of thing. --Zack M. Davis 03:46, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
Using 'unfriendly' in the place of a capitalised variant conveys an error in understanding of the kind that could well leave humanity extinct. Confusing uFAI with the literal description 'unfriendly' is an error along the lines that encourage molecular smiley face disasters. 'unFriendly' at least conveys that we are referring to any super-intelligence not meeting the strict standard we label Friendly. It's definitely nontrivial. --Wedrifid 07:05, 2 November 2009 (UTC)

Right, so I mentioned this to Eliezer at the recent meetup. If I recall correctly, he said he favored the capital-F (unFriendly or UnFriendly) but that Michael Vassar had the final call if there was still disagreement. For now, I'm going to be using unFriendly (UnFriendly at the beginning of a sentence). --Zack M. Davis 22:20, 10 November 2009 (UTC)

FAI as "having a positive rather than negative effect"?

A Friendly Artificial Intelligence (FAI) is an artificial general intelligence that has a positive rather than negative effect on humanity.

This first sentence seems inadequate, since it implies that having a positive effect on humanity is a sufficient condition for FAI. Surely we don't only require that it has positive effects on humanity, but that the positive effects were expected with very high probability by virtue of its design. The sentence above makes it sound as if FAI is nothing more than seeing whether the effects were positive or negative, as if Friendliness is synonymous with "benefiting humanity", regardless of why humanity was benefited and how easily it might have turned out differently.--Anonym 01:54, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

I agree; I'll edit the page. --Zack M. Davis 03:38, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Vladimir_Nesov reverted this back to the original with the comment, "that you can't get there by luck is a conclusion down the road, not definition." Consider an AI whose first action is to flip a fair coin and then destroy humanity if the coin lands heads, or solve an outstanding mathematical conjecture if tails. After either destroying humanity or solving a conjecture, it destroys itself. Under Vladimir's favored definition, if the coin lands tails, it is an FAI, and if it lands heads, well, it's not an FAI and we no longer exist. Am I the only one who thinks this is silly, and that if such a thing is considered a FAI even though it was just as likely to destroy us, there is no point in even using the term? --Anonym 03:18, 8 May 2010 (UTC)

AI-after-it-decided-to-do-good is good, AI-after-it-decided-to-do-evil is bad, and AI-before-it-flipped-the-coin, as in your description, is on the net bad. You judge a system as whole, based on what you expect from it, not in retrospect, based on what actually did happen. What will actually happen is not a property of our system, and so can't be used to categorize it as "Friendly" or not. (Of course, "solving a mathematical conjecture" is nowhere near an optimal thing according to human values to do with the world, so shouldn't be seen as Friendly, and "positive effect on humanity" is a simplification.) --Vladimir Nesov 14:20, 8 May 2010 (UTC)
You make my point for me. I said that it's not just the effect that determines whether it's an FAI or an uFAI. I said that we have to take into account the probability of future harm or benefit based on what know of the system, and you state basically the same thing when you say "You judge a system as whole, based on what you expect from it, not in retrospect, based on what actually did happen". If we judge based on what we expect, then we certainly do not just consider "having a positive rather than negative effect", which is my point entirely. --Anonym 03:29, 14 May 2010 (UTC)
As I said, simplification. It's the same issue as with "rationalists win". If you know of a way to improve the wording, go ahead, but if it makes the point harder to get across, the current version would be preferable. --Vladimir Nesov 11:12, 14 May 2010 (UTC)