Re: answers I'd like from an SI

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Sat Nov 10 2007 - 22:13:28 MST

On 11/11/2007, Wei Dai <> wrote:

> If contemplating these questions is an optimization process, it's an
> optimization process with an unknown objective function, and the objective
> function seems to change over time (i.e., what we consider satisfactory
> answers change as we learn new things and come up with new insights). But
> then any process can be described as an optimization process for an unknown
> objective function that changes over time, so the concept would have no
> explanatory or practical value. I think when we talk about optimization
> processes, we usually mean those with known and fixed objective functions.

Were you suggesting in your original post that true intelligence could
in theory answer these questions while an optimization process could
not, or (less controversially, I think) that these questions could
never really be answered?

Stathis Papaioannou

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