Re: [extropy-chat] Two draft papers: AI and existential risk; heuristics and biases

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Tue Jun 13 2006 - 12:35:13 MDT

On 6/13/06, Robin Lee Powell <> wrote:
> I have no doubt that I could refine how my memory works usefully in
> totaly isolation if I had access to the source code.

Not if you'd spent your entire life locked in a sensory deprivation chamber
you couldn't. It's not just a case of knowing the mathematical techniques
for optimizing storage (though there's a limit to how much performance
typical human-written code leaves on the table in this department, and the
limit isn't all that high), but of knowing what sort of things are worth
remembering and what aren't. And that's not a property of a memory system -
it's a property of the world.

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