Re: Seed AI (was: How hard a Singularity?)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jun 25 2002 - 10:06:46 MDT

Ben Goertzel wrote:
> Yes, creating an AGI is certainly an extremely hard problem!
> If we succeed in solving it, it will be a huge and incredible
> achievement.
> We'll spend at least 6 weeks on vacation,

And the first time machine will be built in 2123.

> and then set about collaborating with our AGI on building
> uploading-enabling and life-extension technology... ;>

Swatting a fly with a sledgehammer. But I digress.

> Building a spaceship to fly to the moon was also an extremely hard
> problem, as was arriving at the Standard Model in particle physics, as
> was understanding the genome well enough to do even the simple genetic
> engineering we can now do. The human race has solved some extremely hard
> problems before. Is this one (AGI design/engineering) harder than any
> of those? It's hard to compare, isn't it?

I didn't work on the moonshot or the Genome Project, but I think AI will
take substantially less money and substantially more intelligence to solve.
  I could be wrong about the money part.

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

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