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Stephen Hawking is doing his first Reddit AMA


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This AMA will be run differently due to the constraints of Professor Hawking. The AMA will be in two parts, today we with gather questions. Please post your questions and vote on your favorite questions, from these questions Professor Hawking will select which ones he feels he can give answers to.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/24/9031541/ama-stephen-hawking-reddit

Also here: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/first-ever-reddit-ama-with-stephen-hawking...

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Sounds like a great AMA. Any good questions really strike you?

How important do you think [simulating] "emotion"/"empathy" could be within the context of AI? More specifically, do you think that a lack of emotion would lead to:

  1. inherently logical and ethical behavior (e.g. Data or Vulcans from Star Trek)
  2. self-centered sociopathic behavior characteristic of human beings who are less able to feel "emotion"/"empathy" (e.g. Hal9000 from 2001)
  3. combination of the two

Thanks for taking the time to do this. A Brief History of Time was one of my favorite books in high school set me on the path to become the scientist I am today.

That's a great question. I can't find the thread on Reddit -- do you have a link handy?

https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/3eret9/science_ama_series_i_am_stephen_hawking/

Moderator Note

This AMA will be run differently due to the constraints of Professor Hawking. The AMA will be in two parts, today we with gather questions. Please post your questions and vote on your favorite questions, from these questions Professor Hawking will select which ones he feels he can give answers to.

Once the answers have been written, we, the mods, will cut and paste the answers into this AMA and post a link to the AMA in/r/science[4] so that people can re-visit the AMA and read his answers in the proper context. The date for this is undecided, as it depends on several factors.

Geege, thank you for that link! I had been looking in the AMA subreddit, where it was not.

Shortly thereafter, this discussion popped up:

https://reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/3err37/stephen_hawking_is_doing_an_ama_on_rscience/

As you would say, happily!  Thanks for the follow-up!

You're welcome. That follow-up discussion is interesting as well -- more than 300 comments.

The actual AMA is on Tuesday 7/28 right?

Reddit is accepting questions today (they did not give a deadline for submissions). The thread says that Hawking will answer the questions over the next couple of weeks and then moderators will post his responses into the AMA.

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It will apparently be the longest AMA (Ask Me Anything) session in the history of the freeloading commentblurt site, which will no doubt appreciate the publicity boost from Hawking after a tough month for the message board.

One of the reasons why the professor has been given such a lengthy AMA gig is due to the time it takes for Hawking to respond to questions using his slowed communications method.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/25/stephen_hawking_reddit_ama

I like the idea of an AMA that lasts for a few weeks. Sounds likely to lead to more thoughtful replies. 

Just don't ask him what he thinks about memes. ®

Ooh! The Tim Berners Lee AMA:

http://reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2ykyht/i_am_sir_tim_bernerslee_inventor_of_the_web_join/

"One does not simply ask the inventor of the WWW what he thinks about memes."

More great questions!

Hello Professor Hawking, thank you for doing this AMA!

I've thought lately about biological organisms' will to survive and reproduce, and how that drive evolved over millions of generations. Would an AI have these basic drives, and if not, would it be a threat to humankind?

Also, what are two books you think every person should read?

We already know Hawking thinks AI could be a threat to humankind:

http://pandawhale.com/post/65817/hawking-musk-warn-of-virtually-inevitable-ai-arms-race

I'm curious if Hawking recommends his own books.

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