Re: Definition of strong recursive self-improvement

From: maru (
Date: Sun Jan 02 2005 - 06:53:41 MST

So, in other words, you merely want an recursive optimizer that can code
'well enough' until it has leveraged weak superintelligence enough to
solve that problem somehow?

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> ....
> I only partially understand - I am presently working on understanding
> - how humans write code without either simulating every step of every
> possible run of the program, nor employing contemporary slow
> theorem-proving techniques. Nonetheless it is evident that we write
> code. Your proof against recursive self-improvement, which denies
> even the first step of writing a single line of functioning code, is
> equally strong against the existence of human programmers.
> I intend to comprehend how it is theoretically possible that humans
> should write code, and then come up with a deterministic or
> calibrated-very-high-probability way of doing "the same thing" or
> better. It is not logically necessary that this be possible, but I
> expect it to be possible.

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