RE: How hard a Singularity?

From: James Rogers (
Date: Mon Jun 24 2002 - 17:28:50 MDT

On Mon, 2002-06-24 at 15:35, James Higgins wrote:
> It seems to me that there is a reasonable probability that it may be
> impossible for a mind to understand its own inner workings. In other words
> a sentient's mind may by beyond the complexity threshold that it itself can
> fully comprehend.

A finite state machine (FSM) can perfectly emulate any other FSM with a
smaller Kolmogorov complexity limit. The KC of the architecture is going
to be substantially smaller than the KC of the physical state of the
machine, and therefore there is no theoretical limitation on humans
understanding the architecture of human intelligence. We can't
understand our own state perfectly (though a much bigger machine could),
but we can understand our architecture. Most of the complexity of
machines is in the state, not the machinery architecture itself.

-James Rogers

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