Re: To reach a Singularity (was Re: Time and Minds)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Sep 30 2001 - 17:38:22 MDT

Gordon Worley wrote:
> Earlier I said probably because there is the chance that programs
> that can program themselves are outside the problem space of current
> languages. In other words, we may need a more powerful language
> (i.e. we need GlooP).

Uh, correction here. GlooP means "non-Turing-computable". Flare is not
GlooP. Flare is a more powerful (and more self-referential) but still
ultimately FlooPy language. There is a wide range of human usability
within FlooP languages; compare naked hexadecimal machine code and
Python/Common LISP/Java or whatever your favorite. Seed AI is a great big
nail and it will help if we have a great big hammer.

(For those of you totally lost by this, it's a reference to Godel Escher
Bach, and if you don't remember every tiny little detail of GEB, it means
you aren't reading it often enough.)

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

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