Re: Educating an AI.

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue Jul 09 2002 - 10:57:43 MDT

Do you believe that our budding AI would respect our stupid
fences around parts of our knowledge? I very seriously doubt
that it would. For that matter, many of us don't find them
respectable even if we don't circumvent them. Our young AI
would have far less trouble flowing around and through such

- samantha

Mike & Donna Deering wrote:
> I think not many people appreciate the difficulty of gathering the
> information necessary to get an AI to beyond human intelligence. I've
> heard some say just hook it up to the internet and others claim give it
> a lot of books to read. To begin with, there is a lot of human
> information not on the internet or behind firewalls only available by
> subscription. I have run into this problem many times in my own
> research finding that there is more depth of information at my small
> neighborhood library than freely available on the internet. I imagine
> one of the first things you might want to do, once you've got your AI
> functioning, is to input all human knowledge and have it cross correlate
> it and see if we missed anything obvious. That first part, "input all
> human knowledge" is easy to say, incredibly hard expensive time
> consuming and labor intensive to do. As far as technology, just use
> patent applications, right? Send an e-mail to the US patent office:
> "Please sent me a copy of everything you've got. If there is a charge,
> here is my credit card number XXXX XXXX XXXX 1234." When the convoy of
> semi tractor trailer trucks start arriving and the bank is on the phone
> you might see the problem. What about all the textbooks used in all the
> courses at MIT? And subjects MIT doesn't teach get from other
> universities. Still a lot of books and a lot of gaps. I'm not saying
> it will be impossible, just extremely difficult and very under estimated
> by those making predictions.
> Mike.

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