Re: Flare

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 12:52:33 MDT

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> However, I feel that in order to design a programming language that *will*
> be close to ideal for implementing real AI, one must have a fairly detailed
> design for the real AI itself.

Well, we have different models of AI. To my mind, one of the past
problems of AI is the tendency to write code for things that should be
higher-level cognitive content. The plane of intersection between Flare
and GISAI isn't the whole AI.

Regardless, Flare may not be the perfect tool out of the box, but I'd be
really surprised if it isn't (a) a much better starting point and (b)
easier to improve.

> With the Webmind project, after many years and many more man-years of
> effort, we are just barely getting to the point where it's clear *exactly*
> what kind of programming language would be ideal for implementing Webmind.
> (But we are not going to make a detailed design or implementation of this
> language at the moment, because it would take a long time and we've judged
> that our priority now is to get a version of Webmind that really works and
> demonstrates some powerful intelligence. For the next version, if we're
> well-funded again when building it, perhaps we will go with our own ideal
> language, who knows.)

I'd love to hear about it. Everything you said about the need to handle
large expanses of RAM is now very firmly enshrined in my heart, right next
to my previous convictions about SMP and Beowulf. We have different AI
models, and very different beliefs about the interaction of AI and
programming language, but it still might save Webmind some effort.

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

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