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In this case, I’m not referring to the good determined, as in motivated. In this case I’m thinking about determinism as in the opposite of freewill. Maybe stochastic determinism still holds — that things happen but they’re governed by random set of numbers within a given range.

The more I interact with people the more I’m learning towards determinism. It’s not that we don’t have free choice, it’s that the we can be influenced heavily by our environment. I remember making hundreds of cold calls a week and thinking that I could feel how people would react at different parts of the conversation. Was I manipulating them by knowing this?

Maybe this is where we should be focusing our AI efforts — on having monitors in place to alert us when we’re following our engrained paths so that we can break free.

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