Re: answers I'd like from an SI

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Sat Nov 10 2007 - 19:31:46 MST

On 11/11/2007, Wei Dai <> wrote:
> One of the things I'd like most from a friendly SI is answers to certain
> questions. If I meet an SI and it can't answer these questions or at least
> explain why they can't be answered, I would be really disappointed. But it's
> hard to imagine how an optimization process can answer them (unless the
> answers are programmed into it, or it's doing something like "search for the
> string that maximizes intellectual satisfaction for the questioner"), which
> makes me think that intelligence != optimization process. Does anyone have a
> counterargument?

When contemplating these questions yourself, you have some criterion
for deciding what is a satisfactory answer, even if it is something
vague like aesthetic considerations or gut feeling. In what sense is
this not an optimization process?

Stathis Papaioannou

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