Re: Open Mind Common Sense project

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 11:38:48 MST

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> My opinion on this is not as extreme as Eliezer's, but is in basically the
> same vein.
> I think it is possible there will be some stage of development of a "real
> AI" at which this kind of data will be useful.
> The stage would be:
> 1) A decent but not perfect understanding of human NL
> 2) A strong cognitive capability, honed on domains where the AI has direct
> experience
> For an AI at this phase of development, the Open Mind / mindpixel kind of
> data could potentially be informative.

It would be a very brief stage of development - one is assuming that the
AI has reached the point of general intelligence and language
understanding, but not yet the point where it can freely draw on the much
larger corpus of information represented by the Internet.

The Cyc corpus, on the other hand, while useless (no point in mincing
words) for achieving general intelligence, might indeed be valuable as a
dictionary for a generally intelligent AI that was just beginning to
embark on the project of acquiring the English lexicon and an
understanding of the human-world domain. In fact, one of the reasons why
I regard OpenMind/GAC as pointless is that the Cyc corpus would provide a
superior substitute for any possible use.

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

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