Re: Why invest in AGI?

From: Mike Dougherty (
Date: Fri Jan 20 2006 - 20:52:20 MST

Having read the rest of the posts to date on this thread, my answer may not
seem as technical..
I would respond:

Think of the smartest people you have ever met (or even heard about) and
imagine if they could be convinced to work for you for the rest of your
life. Suppose they can collectively solve any problem you give them in 5
years. Now consider that AGI can think orders of magnitude more quickly,
does not have emotional disturbances due to stress or lack of progress, and
never needs to sleep/eat/goof off. It solves what your smartest people did
in 5 years within three weeks. What would you expect the ROI to be on a
device like that? (perhaps removing any of the moral arguments of machine
intelligence and proposing/selling the AGI as a machine which does
exclusively _mental_ work)

If this millionaire businessman took even a nibble at this prospect, I might
be inclined to ask, "Would you spend your money to build a machine that
grants wishes or use it to look for a djinni bottle?"

Sorry I didn't use more acronyms :)

On 1/20/06, H C <> wrote:
> I have really seen hardly any discussion or exposition directly related to
> the question of AGI investment, from a business standpoint (although I
> think
> the AGIRI forum is a step in the right direction).
> Say today is your lucky day, and you sat down next a millionaire
> businessman
> on the bus and he asked you "Why should I invest in AGI?".
> How would you respond? What makes a good response here? What are some
> major
> things you would bring up in your answer?

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