Re: Languages and AI

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Jul 20 2001 - 14:02:21 MDT

Well, then, let me respond with a quote from the second paragraph of the
Flare overview:

> The Singularity Institute needs Flare, not because of any deep
> correspondence between Flare and the structure of intelligence,
> but because existing programming tools are just plain old
> inadequate for the job of building AI. It's hard enough to create a
> mind without spending all your time fighting the programming
> language. (AI has always been one of the traditional drivers of
> programming language advances, although usually for the wrong
> reasons.)

And more:

> I don't believe in AI that is so simplistic that the
> thought processes have anything to do with the idioms of the
> underlying programming language, but I also think that current
> programming tools are simply inadequate. It would be really hard
> to code an AI in a non-object-oriented language and it probably
> won't be easy to build AI in a non-annotative language either.

> Also, the farther we go, the more powerful the purely
> programmatic tools we'll need. Flare, an extensible language
> easily modifiable by Flare programs, will let us write more
> powerful tools without needing to become compiler and
> interpreter specialists.

I read Hofstadter too, you know...

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

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