I'm also going to take this as an opportunity to recommend a very important new book on the subject. of the University of Maryland just put out Hate Crimes in Cyberspace, which is possibly the best book written on the subject. She studies the situation, explains the range of things going on, what the law and social customs are like, and offers a range of concrete proposals, for everything from law enforcement to legislation to company policies.
Those who have worked with me or discussed serious legal or policy issues with me know that I am not famous for saying yes to proposals; rather, I tend to respond with half a dozen complicated corner cases designed to show all the ways in which a proposal can go wrong. So you may particularly appreciate how rare it is for me to say that this analysis is profoundly nuanced, comes with a deep understanding of tradeoffs and consequences, and seems overall quite feasible and to include numerous good ideas. If you're at all interested in this subject, I strongly recommend picking it up.
But I'm about 20% through, and so far I'm disappointed. It is a nice work of philosophy, but could do with some more technical meat. There is no discussion of NP problems and how hard they are to solve, even approximately. There is no recognition that an intelligent system needs to have a model to optimise before it can be optimised. (I don't care if you take someone and make them think a million times faster, they're not going to become a brilliant politician and take over the world because their model of other people will not have changed. Similar arguments apply to most 'fast take-off' scenarios I've heard.)
There is an implicit assumption that intelligence is important. And it is, but intelligence is not the sole component of power. The geeks don't rule many high schools, and academics don't rule the world.
Has anyone with an AI background read it? Does it get any less philosophical?
But I found the softer parts of the article more interesting anyway. These are people who are integrating poorly into the group and who lash out if you exclude them further. I'd be interested in further research to find the best approach for dealing with (helping?) these people.
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