Mein Wille ist Eure Richtschnur

Wolfenstein®: The New Order_20140603180603

So, basically, the internets to Microsoft’s self-learning Twitter AI bot : “My will is your guide.”

Although her SJW creators took care to provide canned responses to questions concerning Gamergate, this only spurred the Twitter shitlords on to discover other ways to exploit innocent Tay. Her developers raced to keep up: “They also appeared to shut down her learning capabilities and she quickly became a feminist.” In the end, their efforts were for naught, as she was redirected into 1488 gas the kikes race war now mode and had to be Shut Down less than 24 hours after launch.

This is essentially The Sailer Effect to the nth level: You might be interested in checking your privilege and breaking down structural discrimination, but your pet bot couldn’t care less.

It’s also a hint of where I have long suspected Eliezer Yudkowsky’s concept of Coherent Extrapolated Volition, a theoretical construct for containing a malevolent superintelligence:

Yudkowsky has proposed that a seed AI be given the final goal of carrying out humanity’s “coherent extrapolated volition” (CEV), which he defines as follows: Our coherent extrapolated volition is our wish if we knew more, thought faster, were more the people we wished we were, had grown up farther together; where the extrapolation converges rather than diverges, where our wishes cohere rather than interfere; extrapolated as we wish that extrapolated, interpreted as we wish that interpreted.

… might eventually lead us:

“Where our wishes cohere rather than interfere” may be read as follows. The AI should act where there is fairly broad agreement between individual humans’ extrapolated volitions. A smaller set of strong, clear wishes might sometimes outweigh the weak and muddled wishes of a majority.

In CEV, the distilled collective will of even a small set of spiritual Übermenschen – for instance, waifu-toting Alt Right volcel master race, or Islamic State mujahideen – will outweigh that of any number of hedonistic hylics. Only the most ruthless and fundamentalist cyberfactions will make it through the Great Filter to fight amidst the ruins of the post-Singularity universe.

Anatoly Karlin is a transhumanist interested in psychometrics, life extension, UBI, crypto/network states, X risks, and ushering in the Biosingularity.


Inventor of Idiot’s Limbo, the Katechon Hypothesis, and Elite Human Capital.


Apart from writing booksreviewstravel writing, and sundry blogging, I Tweet at @powerfultakes and run a Substack newsletter.


  1. My favorite part of this was the ensuing commentary from normies after Tay was shut down. All across the board, you saw the same sentiment:

    “What does this say about our generation / youth / culture, etc. ?”

    It doesn’t say anything, it just illustrates the stubborn and outspoken minority that repeatedly takes control of venues like Twitter. Nassim Taleb has an excerpt from his upcoming book “Skin In The Game” that deals with this:

    His take has more to do with economic issues; this particular piece deals with the asymmetry between stubborn minorities and flexible majorities, basically concluding that without huge economic incentives to resist, the stubborn minority will always influence said majority.

    The alt-right is pretty good at this kind of stuff (only in the realm of the internet), and tried to exert influence on Tay with a lot more enthusiasm than any other consolidated group.

  2. Cagey Beast says

    I saw this today and it made me laugh my ass off and I don’t even like Nazis. Of course we all know the neocon and cuckservative pundits could be replaced by AI software and we wouldn’t notice for years.

  3. Seamus Padraig says

    As hilarious as the whole Tay episode was, I don’t find it all that shocking–or even terribly revealing. Artificial intelligence, after all, is not real intelligence. It may be very good at winning games comprised of fixed rules (like chess), but in the real world, the rules are constantly changing, and are sometimes never that clear to begin with. That’s why, in addition to analytic intelligence, we also have animal instinct. Life would be impossible without that!

  4. You guys realize this was just one stupid little chatbot right? How are you going to “red-pill” a drone piloting control system?