Re: Terms of debate for Complex Systems Issues

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Aug 23 2005 - 16:58:33 MDT

Phil Goetz wrote:
> CST might say things such as
> - a plot of the number of goals of the system vs. the importance of
> those goals would show a power-law distribution
> - there is some critical number of average possible action transitions
> above which the behavior of the system leads to an expansion rather
> than a contraction in state space
> - there is a ratio of exploration of new hypotheses over exploitation
> of confirmed hypotheses, and there are two values for this ratio that
> locate phase shifts between "static", "dynamic", and
> "unstable/devolving" modes of operation

Phil, I think those are the first three interesting (falsifiable) things I've
ever heard anyone say about CST and intelligence. Did you make them up on the
spot, or would you seriously advocate/support any of them? Are there relevant

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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