Re: Threats to the Singularity.

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Thu Jun 13 2002 - 18:40:27 MDT

I could build an MS Word equivalent in less than 2 years by
myself if need be. My version would be a *lot* tighter and more
intuitive to use. And I am not nearly as ferociously fast a
hacker as I was when I was younger. So if that was all it took
you would have general intelligence popping out all over the place.

But this discussion is wanting. A true GAI is much more complex
or at least its required functionalities and their interactions
are much less well understood. MS Word on the other hand is a
conglomeration of easy-to-understand features that have highly
limited and constrained interactions with one another
(discounting bugs).

- samantha

Aaron McBride wrote:

> Also... I assume that it took more than 10 (hu)man-years for either MS
> Word or MS Windows to be created (???), so neither of them could have
> been hacked together by one person in the next 5-10 years.
> The key then is to:
> a) Have groups larger than 1 working on AI projects (the larger the
> better as long as everyone is being effective).
> b) Build better software engineering technology so that we're able to
> manage the complexity of the Seed AI.
> I'm sure I'm just echoing what's been said on this list for years. To
> return to the topic... the threats to the Singularity are anything that
> interferes with 'a' and 'b' above.
> -Aaron

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