Manhattan, Apollo and AI to the Singularity

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Thu Aug 24 2006 - 07:32:13 MDT

Manhattan took three approaches to building a bomb. Two of them worked and
the third was known before they started that it would not work. I am not
entirely sure why it was even tried.

Apollo took one approach, Lunar Orbit Rendezvous and that worked. In both
cases the physics was understood, it was mostly a project of engineering
the hardware.

The difference with an AI to Singularity project is that--as far as I
know--nobody knows how to do it. (Correct me if I am wrong here.)

I notice that a burn rate for money is proposed, not a total to complete
the task.

The only way I feel confident would work is to duplicate the functions of a
human brain. At some level of fidelity you would get human level
intelligence (along with less desirable features). But it is not obvious
to me how such as being would reach into itself to make improvements any
more than we can reach into our brains and tweek them.

Keith Henson

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