Re: Einstein, Edison, & IQ

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Fri Nov 18 2005 - 08:00:31 MST

justin corwin wrote:
> SIAI contains basically Eliezer (who isn't known to have done any
> software development) and M Wilson, who has, and is listed as an
> associate researcher, and seems to be fairly active. I have no
> details, but his blog and such doesn't mention any other engineers on
> staff that I recall.

I certainly know how to program a computer, and I've been doing so since
the age of 5. Full-time programming... just in 1997 and 1998, if I
recall correctly. (Language: C++; OS: Mac 7.5.) I would say that I
thought I was pretty good, but I know full well that kind of
self-evaluation is almost completely useless. I made project-strategy
mistakes that someone with twenty years of programming experience would
not have made, like spending too much time optimizing things that didn't
need to be fast. But I can surely think in code. I don't credit that
an AGI theorist could exist without being able to think in code, even
though AGI is not at all the same skill as coding.

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

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