RE: Selling AI versus selling knowledge...

From: Peter Voss (
Date: Sun Oct 29 2000 - 17:14:42 MST

Technology - how to build tools/ AI - is also knowledge. Thus, one cannot
differentiate that way.

There has always been a trade-off between whether to make money off the
tools one develops, or off what the tools produce. (Sell the axe, or the

I agree with Eli that in AI it will become increasingly difficult to
separate databases from methods/ process. So the choice will be whether just
to sell answers/ solutions to specific problems, or to sell/ rent the tool
(& knowledge of how best to use them!)

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Ben Goertzel wrote:

> I wonder if in 10 years, the lucrative business won't be in selling AI
technology per se, but in selling the knowledge (declarative and procedural)
generated by AI's. Customized, market-specific brain lobes and so forth...
Have any of you thought along these lines?

Samantha replied:

Hmm. But to do that you would have to take the position that knowledge is
something that can/should be "owned", that the commons of knowledge and
information should be all fenced and parceled out. It seems to me that
would be a very major drag on human progress and advance. In the face of
rapidly accelerating change that we are in it could very well kill us.

But a specialized brain-lobe is more like a specialized processor rather
than knowledge. That doesn't seem quite so problematic.

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