Re: [sl4] How much do languages matter for AGI programming?

From: Matt Mahoney (
Date: Sat Nov 29 2008 - 09:52:21 MST

--- On Sat, 11/29/08, Philip Hunt <> wrote:

> 2008/11/28 J. Andrew Rogers <>:
> >
> > How do you know what paradigms are needed for AI? And what about the
> > paradigms LISP does not do well? Why not use a more paradigm-agile language
> > (e.g. Python)?
> Surely Lisp is more paradigm-agile than Python, because if Lisp
> doesn't support a paradigm, you can extend it until it does, using
> macros.

Hey, I know you are all eager to start hacking some code for your self improving seed AI that will launch a singularity next week. How about taking a step back and thinking about what you want to do before starting a religious war over languages. Is it

AGI -> automation of human labor -> knowledge of 10^10 human brains -> 10^16 lines of code at US$100 per line?


AGI -> self replicating nanobots -> Dyson sphere of gray goo -> human extinction/evolution into non DNA based life?



If it's the latter you want, the choice of language might actually matter.

-- Matt Mahoney,

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