Re: Investing in FAI research: now vs. later.

From: Matt Mahoney (
Date: Mon Feb 11 2008 - 17:40:34 MST

--- "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> wrote:

> Why go to all the trouble of building an AI? Why not just build a
> natural-language-understander that compiles English requests to
> programs, and then type into the prompt, "Please make an AI"?
> The English-to-program-compiler is hence AI-complete, meaning that if
> you can build it, you can build an AI - hence you shouldn't expect it
> to be any easier than AI.
> Similarly, building an AI that knows what you "really mean" by
> "Friendly" when you type "Please make a Friendly AI" at the prompt, is
> FAI-complete, and not any easier than building a Friendly AI.

Which reduces to a data compression problem.

-- Matt Mahoney,

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