Re: AI Goals [WAS Re: The Singularity vs. the Wall]

From: Jef Allbright (
Date: Tue Apr 25 2006 - 10:14:24 MDT

On 4/25/06, Ben Goertzel <> wrote:
> > I think that the question of an AI's "goals" is the most important issue
> > lurking beneath many of the discussions that take place on this list.
> >
> > The problem is, most people plunge into this question without stopping
> > to consider what it is they are actually talking about.
> Richard, this is a good point.
> "Goal", like "free will" or "consciousness" or "memory", is

Building upon Ben's points, much of the confusion with regard to
consciousness, free will, etc., is that we tend to fall into the trap
of thinking that there is some independent entity to which we attach
these attributes. If we think in terms of describing the behavior of
systems, with the understanding that each level of system necessarily
exists and interacts within a larger context, then this whole class of
confusion falls away.

- Jef

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