RE: flare and SIAI

From: Xavier Lumine (
Date: Sun Jul 29 2001 - 17:09:30 MDT

>My intuition is otherwise; I think the main problems to be solved in
>implementing a real AI at this point are still
>programming-language-independent. I think Flare is a positive contribution
>toward SIAI, but *less* of a positive contribution than direct work on
>writing AI software in existing programming languages.

Like Eliezer said, it would be very, very difficult (if possible at all) to
create an AI that effectively modifies its own source code without certain
facilities in the programming language (such as annotation). Again, this is
an assumption related to the general design of our AI. A different AI might
be able to be written in Java (or C) but our design requires certain
features that will be present in Flare.
Also, as I am by default a programmer and not a cognitive scientist (along
with the others on the Flare project), our efforts would be largely wasted
on the AI project right now (as we come closer to writing code, things will

Just explaining why... =]


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