Re: Fwd: We Can Understand Anything, But are Just a Bit Slow

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Wed Apr 05 2006 - 09:50:21 MDT

Philip Goetz wrote:
> On 3/20/06, Richard Loosemore <> wrote:
>>motivates the creature? A superintelligence that could think quicker
>>and more encyclopaedically would not necessarily be different in kind
>>from me (so I could relate to her quite comfortably), but if she were to
> The best empirical guide we have for this question is to ask how well
> humans of different levels of intelligence and education relate to
> each other.

Now you're confusing g-factor with species differences of intelligence.

"I think a lot of our thinking about interacting with superior entities
in the general case is anthropomorphic, because we've evolved
specialized cognitive patterns for, say, interacting with the tribal
chief, but not for interacting with a being whose mind is 10^42 ops/sec
big, as opposed to 10^17 ops/sec big."
        -- Michael Anissimov

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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