Re: How hard a Singularity?

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Jun 26 2002 - 16:23:05 MDT

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> James Higgins wrote:
>> I never said they could, or should, DESIGN anything. Simply approve
>> designs. Zoning committees don't build anything, but they are
>> important to maintain order in a metropolitan area. I believe a
>> Singularity Committee (or whatever it should be called - I'd like to
>> avoid the term "committee") would be a very useful asset to the human
>> race.
> Sorry, but this cannot be made to work. Committees approving software
> designs generally simply bog down the process and remove anything truly
> innovative. I have experienced this in my over two decades of software
> architecture/design/implementation experience on software much more
> mundane and committee understandable than an AI seed could be. Humans,
> especially in their aggregated "committee" form, simply don't have
> remotely the intelligence, creativity or ability to grasp the gestalt
> that would be required.

For the record, James Higgins: Samantha Atkins is not associated with SIAI
in any way, nor is she related to Brian and Sabine Atkins, nor is she famous
for agreeing with me.

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

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