Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Robin Lee Powell (
Date: Wed Dec 31 2003 - 17:39:29 MST

On Wed, Dec 31, 2003 at 04:14:58PM -0800, Tommy McCabe wrote:
> --- Randall Randall <> wrote:
> > This is not at all true. I think it's quite arguable that
> > strong superintelligence is impossible. For instance, it might
> > be that physical law doesn't permit complexity above some
> > ceiling. If so, it might be that the smartest possible humans
> > are already very close to that limit.
> The difference between 'the smartest possible huamns' and 'the
> dumbest possible humans' is incredibly tiny in the space of all
> minds in general. There is quite possibly some hard upper limit to
> intelligence, but for it to be exactly in the incredibly narrow
> range of minds represented by Homo sapiens sapiens would be almost
> an absurdity.

I think Randall's point is that if there is an upper bound, humans
might be as smart as we are because we've already hit it.


Me:  ***   I'm a *male* Robin.
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from running out and eating all the cookies."  -- Eliezer Yudkowsky             ***              .i cimo'o prali .ui

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