Re: How do you know when to stop? (was Re: Why playing it safe is dangerous)

From: Philip Goetz (
Date: Sun Feb 26 2006 - 09:18:45 MST

On 2/26/06, Charles D Hixson <> wrote:
> We have actually ALREADY reached the point where many computer programs
> self-modify. I can practically guarantee that they aren't friendly, as they
> don't even have any model at all of the world external to the computer. It's
> hard to be friendly if you don't know that anyone's there. (A chain of
> increasingly less relevant examples of self modifying code follows.)

One of the main reasons that LISP - implemented in 1958 - rapidly
became the favorite language for AI work, was because it makes it easy
to write self-modifying code.

- Phil

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