Re: An essay I just wrote on the Singularity.

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sat Jan 03 2004 - 13:05:40 MST

On Sat, 3 Jan 2004 16:05:38 +0100
Eugen Leitl <> wrote:

> 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.

How do we know that one of the primary design goals of the project, recursive self-improvement, will actually be what is built? Huh? Our ever growing body of knowledge gathered and transmitted to each generation is an example of using evolutionary selection alone? This seems rather strained.


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