From: dave last (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Feb 15 2006 - 04:18:24 MST
I believe your questions are answered in the singinst web site.
"Far less important projects get hundreds of millions of dollars and
thousands of programmers. What is our substitute? Knowing exactly what we're
doing. Having exceptional people on the team."
"In the third category are tasks that can only be accomplished by someone
capable of independently originating and extending AI theory. We will have
to hope that all of these jobs can be done by one person, because one person
is all that we are likely to have. "
>From: Joshua Fox <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Singularity Institute: Likely to win the race to build GAI?
>Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 15:23:14 +0200
>Yes, I know that they are working on _Friendly_ GAI. But my question is:
>What reason is there to think that the Institute has any real chance of
>winning the race to General Artificial Intelligence of any sort, beating
>out those thousands of very smart GAI researchers?
>Though it might be a very bad thing for nonFriendly GAI to emerge first, it
>seems to me by far more likely for someone else --there are a lot of smart
>people out there -- to beat the Institute to the goal of GAI. And if so,
>perhaps the Institute needs to put all its resources into researching and
>evangelizing Friendliness, then teaming up with the world's leading GAI
>researchers -- whether at MIT, Stanford, or wherever they are -- to add
>Friendliness to their development program.
>Thomas Buckner wrote:
>>--- Joshua Fox <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>>The writings at singinst.org have made quite an
>>>impression on me.
>>>Though I am no expert, it appears to me that
>>>the Institute is a thought leader in the definition and the creation of
>>>But let me ask: Why does the Institute believe
>>>that it has a reasonable chance of leading the world in the construction
>>>of a GAI?
>>What SIAI in general and Eliezer in particular
>>are focused on is not merely making a GAI but
>>making a Friendly one, that won't extinct,
>>enslave, stultify or otherwise ruin us. It's that
>>simple. By analogy, there are fifty groups trying
>>to build a car, but who else is trying to develop
>>brakes, belts, and airbags?
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