PAPER: Levels of Organization in General Intelligence

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sun Apr 07 2002 - 15:14:18 MDT

A draft of the paper "Levels of Organization in General Intelligence", to
appear in Ben Goertzel and Cassio Pennachin (eds.), "Real AI: New Approaches
to Artificial General Intelligence", is now available online.

It has not been linked in to SIAI's main site or announced anywhere. I
should probably do that after I answer my accumulated email, do my income
tax returns, and get some sleep. I probably shouldn't say anything more
until I have some idea of the audience's reactions. (multi-file) (single file, 382K)



Part I discusses the conceptual foundations of general intelligence as a
discipline, orienting it within the Integrated Causal Model of Tooby and
Cosmides. Part II constitutes the bulk of the paper and discusses the
functional decomposition of general intelligence into a complex supersystem
of interdependent internally specialized processes, and structures the
description using five successive levels of functional organization: Code,
sensory modalities, concepts, thoughts, and deliberation. Part III
discusses probable differences between humans and AIs and points out several
fundamental advantages that minds-in-general potentially possess relative to
current evolved intelligences, especially with respect to recursive

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

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