RE: AI and Moore's Law redux

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sat Jan 26 2002 - 10:05:53 MST

> I suspect that once general intelligence is achieved, it will become
> possible to run a human equivalent general intelligence on hardware
> equivalent to a contemporary pc.

I'm not so sure about this, but I'm surer that it will be possible on
a network of contemporary PC's. If one has to include 100 or 1000
computers in this network I'm not sure....

For sure, you need a lot of RAM. You need a lot of knowledge readily
accessible -- not just atomic bits of knowledge but combinations of
and relations between atomic bits of knowledge.... And each of these
bits of knowledge needs to be continually re-configuring itself in
terms of the new bits of knowledge that have come into the mind, and
the changes in other bits of knowledge in the mind. This does require
a lot of memory and processing power, and my strong sense is that
it ain't gonna run on a Commodore VIC-20.

Mind requires some emergent structures. We know that many other
emergent structures are network-size-related. I suspect some of the
structures of mind are too (and I've gone into more detail on this in
previous publications). But a quantitative estimate of the "threshold
size" for minds is hard to come by.

-- Ben

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