Re: AI and Moore's Law redux

From: Alan Grimes (
Date: Sat Jan 26 2002 - 11:28:46 MST

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> 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.

A dude on has proposed a learning system that
would express what would ammount to a LOGARIHMIC growth function of
memory unilization as a function of knowlege.

The function would be something like:

[Memory required] = LOG_k([Total Knowlege])

I can't say I know what K would be; It would likley depend on the design
of the system employed.

His proposal was based on a notion of "abstraction" where a higher-level
abstractions would be specified, like FORTH words, by simpler
abstractions. As these higer level abstractions would overlap to a great
extent, the cost of additional abstractions would decrease as more base
abstractions become available.

In other words, for a linear increase in memory, an exponential increase
in knowlege should be possible.

The process for automating this would probably solve the translation


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