Re: SIAI's flawed friendliness analysis

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed May 21 2003 - 14:52:58 MDT

Ben Goertzel wrote:
>>>Rafal, you have some solid and valid points here, but you should also
>>>recall that the track record of heavily government-funded AI research
>>>is not very good.
>>### Yes, I might be influenced by the importance of public spending in
>>biomedical research.
> I wonder why it is that government funding has been so much more effective
> in biomedical areas than in AI. It could be "historical accident", but
> there may also be some kind of systematic explanation, to do with the
> different behaviors of the different government agencies involved, and/or
> intrinsic differences between the sciences. It's a subtle thing though,
> because DARPA, the major US AI funder for many years, had a lot of success
> in its funding experiments in many other areas...

Looks pretty obvious to me. Biomedical areas have plenty of obvious,
useful, fruitful angles of approach. Throw money at AI and the
researchers just bounce off the problem.

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

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