Re: Open AI

From: Brian Atkins (
Date: Tue Jul 31 2001 - 01:10:57 MDT

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> > We both agree that it will take years of seed AI development before any
> > hard takeoff could occur. Where we disagree is that you assert that we
> > will have genuinely human-equivalent AI, and it will not yet be on its
> > own, and that it will in fact take years beyond this point. I believe
> > that the milestone of human-equivalence will be passed during, or very
> > shortly before, a hard takeoff.
> Yes, this is the difference between our views.
> I think we will have a human-equivalent-intelligence AI at least a few years
> before we have a master-of-AI-and-computer-science AI that can launch the
> hard takeoff.
> Just as I myself was a human-equivalent intelligence well before I became a
> master of AI and computer science myself ;)

Yes, but no one doubled your total number of neurons around age 18.
And then doubled it again at 19, 20, 21... Do you think doubling a human-
level Webmind's mind resources would lead to little improvement in effective
intelligence, double improvement, or much more, and why?

Brian Atkins
Director, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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