Re: ESSAY: Program length, Omega and Friendliness

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Wed Feb 22 2006 - 16:57:53 MST

At 01:55 PM 2/22/2006 -0800, Eliezer wrote:


>I don't throw brute force at problems I don't understand. Neither do I
>say, "I bet this requires a lot of algorithmic complexity and highly
>specialized components." When I run into something I don't understand, I
>keep gnawing away until it ceases to be a mystery unto me. Then,
>generally speaking, the resolved mystery turns out not to require massive
>amounts of hardware, massive amounts of specialized code, massive amounts
>of knowledge, or any of the other things that people imagine being
>necessary when they run into a problem that *feels* extremely difficult
>because they have no idea or very vague ideas of how it works.

If you consider natural intelligence, it can't be all that
complicated. Genes particularly involved with the brain are some fraction
of the 30k or so known. Between genes and fMRI, research is moving right

Keith Henson

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