Originally Posted by Florian
Serious if you take science fiction seriously. Interesting if you think it is interesting to equate human intelligence and artificial intelligence.
I take back what I said: Eliezer seemed to me eccentric, but no doubt seems serious and interesting to aficionados of science fiction.
That would be a good description of me. I also work as an engineer in related fields to Eliezer's topic of research (not AI and not at the level of sophistication at which he seems to operate.) I have significant doubts in regard to whether his work is likely to yield the treasure he's seeking. I'm very glad people like him are in active pursuit of answers to the questions he's asking. When I was much younger I'd hoped to be one of them.