Good God, Bad God

  • Bill Hibbard


By virtue of their intelligence and close relationship with large numbers of people, super-intelligent machines will have enormous power over humanity. Will they be a force for good or bad? All tools can be used for good or bad. Medicine can be used to harm people or to cure disease. Metal can be used to make weapons or tools. Industrial machines can disenfranchise workers or lighten the burden of work. And the computer network can be used to control people or to empower them. Over history tools and their uses have generally enhanced life, demonstrating that good tool use outweighs bad in the long run. People learn how to control the consequences of tools.


Nuclear Weapon Intelligent Machine Conscious Mind Human Happiness Machine Behavior 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bill Hibbard
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  1. 1.University of Wisconsin at MadisonMadisonUSA

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