Re: How hard a Singularity?

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Mon Jun 24 2002 - 00:16:54 MDT

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Ben Goertzel wrote:
> >
>> You can't imagine a superhuman AI could take 100 years to create a time
>> machine?
> 100 subjective years? Maybe, just barely. 100 physical old-fashioned
> objective years is beyond imagination.
> I can imagine that an SI has to crawl to the galactic core at C in order
> to travel back in time, thus taking a great deal *more* than 100 years,
> but 100 years of physical time to do anything that can be done in this
> solar system - I can't buy it. That's ten billion years! What on
> heaven or Earth could possibly take that long?

That the SI thinks some things are more interesting to do than
simply endlessly maximizing its own efficiency to your
theoretical limits? It is only 10 billion years if that full
optimization is seen as desirable at breakneck speed. I don't
yet believe that is a given.

- samantha

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