Re: Computer-aided? (was "no subject")

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Sep 15 2000 - 15:05:24 MDT

Joaquim Almgren Gāndara wrote:
> Well, I have apparently misunderstood what you've written in your Meaning of Life FAQ: "If computing power doubles every two years, what happens when computers are doing the research?" I thought that to achieve a higher order of Moore's Law, we need to actually hook up a seed AI to a factory, since humans are just too slow and dumb to carry out its instructions. Cut out the middle-man, if you will. However, that intro to the Singularity seems to stick to the Lenat/EURISKO model of computer-*aided* design. I thought that such an approach would be ineffective..?

The newborn superintelligence connects itself to the phone system and banking
system, sends a check to someone who owns a DNA synthesizer, the synthesized
DNA gets shipped to a protein synthesizer, out come the organic nanomachines
that synthesize the diamondoid nanomachines, ta-da, we're done. The humanfolk
don't need to do anything except connect the modem.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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