From: Richard Loosemore (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Jan 25 2006 - 08:49:48 MST
Huh? You don't need a PhD. in all of those subjects!
It would certainly help to be well-rounded, but it is crazy to require a
Ph.D. in (e.g.) M-Theory. Heck, a couple of undergrad physics courses
and a dose of Brian Greene ought to be enough.
I am certainly interested in the idea of what to put into undergraduate
and postgraduate courses that would prepare someone for a career in AGI
development, because I am seriously interested in developing and
starting such a programme. But it would have little resemblance to the
list you suggest below.
Does anyone else have ideas for an AGI syllabus, or would I be talking
to myself if I tried to start such a thread?
Marc Geddes wrote:
> When constructing my 'Singularitarian Directory' of
> the top-100 links I judged to be needed for a seed-AI
> I found that the needed info neatly divided into 4
> main subject areas, each of which was further
> sub-divided into 5 areas, for a total of 20 subjects
> needed for a seed-AI developer. Here are the subject
> *Reality Theory
> (1) Anthropic Reasoning
> (2) Cosmology/Relativity
> (3) Quantum Mechanics
> (4) Metaphysics (philosophy)
> (5) String/M-Theory
> Cognitive Science
> (6) Decision/Game theory
> (7) Consciousness studies
> (8) Neurobiology
> (9) Cognitive architectures (AI etc)
> (10) Psychology (inc evolutionary psychology)
> (11) Information Theory (inc algorithmic design and
> (12) Bayesian Probability Theory
> (13) Foundations (inc Set theory, logic)
> (14) Complex Systems Theory
> (15) Number Theory
> Info Tech
> (16) Networks (inc Security, Internet)
> (17) Hardware (inc parallel, super-computing)
> (18) Databases
> (19) Programming
> (20) Operating Systems
> Now, the IQ threshold for getting a phd is deemed to
> be around 125, and it usually takes a total of 5 years
> full-time study to bring someone up to phd level
> knowledge in a given specialty areas. Since there are
> 20 specialist subjects needed and each takes 5 years
> of full-time study to bring someone up to phd level
> knowledge, the conclusion is that it would take ONE
> HUNDRED YEARS (100 years) of full-time study for a
> single human to be competent to be a seed-AI developer.
> "Till shade is gone, till water is gone, into the shadow with teeth bared, screaming defiance with the last breath, to spit in Sightblinder’s eye on the last day”
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