Wisdom DOES Imply Benevolence

Presentation Powerpoint * Proceedings PDF presented on July 14, 2011 at IACAP 2011: First International Conference of the International Association of Computing and Philosophy Celebrating 25 years of Computing and Philosophy (CAP) conferences (Aarhus, Denmark)

Fox and Shulman (ECAP 2010) ask “If machines become more intelligent than humans, will their intelligence lead them toward beneficial behavior toward humans even without specific efforts to design moral machines?” and answer “Superintelligence does not imply benevolence.” We argue that this is because goal selection is external in their definition of intelligence and that an imposed evil goal will obviously prevent a superintelligence from being benevolent. We contend that benevolence is an Omohundro drive (2008) that will be present unless explicitly counteracted and that wisdom, defined as selecting the goal of fulfilling maximal goals, does imply benevolence with increasing intelligence.