Re: Questions about any Would-Be AGI

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue May 21 2002 - 09:52:59 MDT

Whoops, almost forgot a couple of the really critical ones:

If you stripped away all the English names from all AI content and replaced
them with randomly generated strings, so that the AI could no longer handle
human-supplied problems and human-supplied data which required
identification or invocation of concepts by English name, what capabilities
would the AI still possess?

How does the AI learn things that were not on the programmers' minds when
they created the system? For example, if the AI had no built-in code to
identify when two groups contained the same number of objects, how would it
learn the concepts "five" and "number"?

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

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