Re: [sl4] I am a Singularitian who does not believe in the Singularity.

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Fri Oct 09 2009 - 11:15:14 MDT

On Fri, Oct 09, 2009 at 09:44:20AM -0700, John K Clark wrote:
> 10 billion years, perhaps never. Real minds get around this problem by
> getting bored, after tackling a task for a long time and making no
> progress they get bored and move on to other problems that look more
> productive. A fixed goal mind could never do this, a fixed goal mind
> never gets bored so it's stuck forever. That's why evolution never made
> a fixed goal mind.

This would only be true if the highest goal was simple enough that it
could be proved that only this single execution path had the possibility
of reaching the goal. A highest goal set by humans is certainly not
going to be this simple, so boredom (however implemented) is not precluded
by the situation you present.


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