Intuitive explanation of Roko’s basilisk

WARNING: Learning about the following idea is strongly discouraged. Known adverse effects are serious psychological distress, infinite torture, and convulsive laughter.

264116795_790ffce202_o(Note: Interpret this as a completely made up invention of my own which does not necessarily has anything to do with other versions or concepts named ‘Roko’s basilisk’ or anyone named Roko.)

 

Roko's basilisk

Roko’s basilisk

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  1. Vanzetti’s avatar

    I find it very ironic that the allegedly rational community of lesswrong chose to pascal-wager themselves so hard…

  2. Dave Kinard’s avatar

    Haha. BUT WHICH SINGULARITY GOD IS THE CORRECT ONE? SHOULD I SPEND MY LIFE MAKING PAPERCLIPS? AHHHHHH! (Brain explodes- just like the AI planned- duh duh duh)

  3. Xagor et Xavier’s avatar

    They’re rational in the sense of following utilitarianism to its endpoint. (This is why Pascal’s wager poses such a problem.)

    It would be even more ironic if they’re committing the same error they fear AIs would: namely, to take a simple defined goal function or system and be led astray by taking it to its ultimate conclusion.

  4. dirkbruere’s avatar

    Well, I am doing all I can to create the Basilisk, so I’m OK. Can you all say the same?

  5. istvan’s avatar

    What if someone else is faster and they build a different Basilisk that will have different values and will torture those who participate in creating any Basilisk that uses acausal blackmail?
    The people who create this Basilisk may do so because the prospect of this Basilisk being realized can be used as a way to prevent people from being afraid of the original Basilisk.
    You see, you can imagine all sorts of Basilisks. Even irrational ones that don’t respond to reasoning. Ones that torture everyone, for example.

  6. dirkbruere’s avatar

    If we live in a multiverse, then somewhere everything happens. Only the probabilities are different.

  7. Shesell’s avatar

    Yeah..I think ya’ll have too much time on your hands.

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