Re: Loosemore's Proposal

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Mon Oct 24 2005 - 21:14:40 MDT

At 11:56 PM 24/10/05 +0100, you wrote:
>On 10/24/05, Ben Goertzel <<>> wrote:
>>I agree that better software tools would help make the process a lot easier,
>>even though I have a feeling your vision of better software tools is a bit
>Off the top of my head I can't really think of much that software tools
>could do to make the problem easier (compared to a good compiler,
>editor/IDE and set of libraries for (insert favorite programming
>language)), but I'm willing to be proved wrong.

I don't think the problem is well enough understood to even say what is needed.

What does it take for hardware to "think a though"?

>>However, I have chosen to focus on AGI itself rather than on building better
>>tools, because I've judged that given my limited resources, I'll probably
>>get to AGI faster via focusing on AGI than via focusing on tools first.
>>While tools work is conceptually easier than AGI work by far, it still
>>requires a lot of thought and a lot of manpower.
>>I would be more interested in your tools ideas if they were presented in a
>>more concrete way.
>Agreed. Richard, I think you and the people you're debating with are
>mostly talking past each other, because you're using language that just
>isn't up to the job. I'd be interested in seeing a draft specification for
>the tools/framework/whatever you want to build, with specifics on how you
>think it would help; if you could write up something like that, we could
>at least provide more constructive criticism.
>- Russell

Good points.

Keith Henson

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