Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Eugen Leitl (
Date: Sat Jan 03 2004 - 08:05:38 MST

On Sat, Jan 03, 2004 at 05:26:17AM -0800, Tommy McCabe wrote:

> Possibly true, but an AI would be smart enough to use
> recursive self-improvement, or intelligent
> design-and-test, in place of blind mutation, for the
> improvement component.

How do you know this? The only known instance of intelligence we know appears
to use evolutionary selection as its driving force. I don't know what
"recursive self-improvement" or "intelligent design-and-test" is, and either,
I suspect, do you.

As to "blind mutation", evolution is anything but blind -- or you wouldn't be
there to write this.

With this, I'm out of this thread, and out of this list.

-- Eugen* Leitl leitl
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