Re: [SL4] brainstorm: a new vision for uploading

From: Nick Hay (
Date: Tue Aug 12 2003 - 22:24:35 MDT

Philip Sutton wrote:
> One AI or many?? Which is best?
> There are already more than one AGI project underway. Who's going
> to volunteer to close down their own project to throw their weight behind
> someone else?

Sorry, that wasn't a clear question. Of course there are multiple AGI efforts,
and people probably won't want to shut down "their" project to work on
"someone else's".

Let me rephrase: Should we try and synchronise a bunch of promising AGI
projects to ensure a community of them will exist at any one point? Should we
fork existing projects for diversity? Should AGI projects try to develop a
community of AGIs rather than a single one?

> Will the one big AGI get there ahead of the rest? The outcome is not
> certain. Chimpanzees and Bonobos are more intelligent than Baboons.
> But Baboons are not endangered and Chimpanzees and Bonobos are.
> PCs overtook mainfraims. Less intellegent but large, cooperative
> swarms may do better that a single hyper-intelligent entity.

Perhaps, and if that were true a intelligent seed AI could rewrite itself to
take advantage of swarm features.

- Nick

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