That’s all it take for a computer program to be evil?

Mad Science: A Computer Program That is Pure Evil

elmer Bringsjord, director of the AI lab and chairman of RPI’s Department of Cognitive Science, has created “E,” a computer-generated character programmed according to his own definition of evil. E must, according to Bringsjord, be willing to carry out premeditated acts that are immoral and would cause harm to others. And, when E analyzes its reasons for wanting to commit such acts, it must either develop a logically incoherent argument or conclude that it desired to see people harmed.

Interesting in a sort of 80s/90s cognitive science sort of way, but I should think that with billions of cycles per second someone should be able to do better than a mere sociopath.

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