[FoRK] Scalability of intelligence

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Thu Aug 5 02:46:48 PDT 2004

On Wed, Aug 04, 2004 at 10:29:45PM -0700, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:

> Things like human language seem to be around a=24 level algorithm 
> spaces.

It doesn't require intelligence to increase intelligence. Darwinian evolution
isn't an intelligent process, yet it produced us. Of course, given hints like


it should be possible to figure out the architecture of the neuroanatomy, and
reverse-engineer it.
> I should add that I generally do not believe a genuine "hard take-off" 
> is possible in the absence of proper general purpose MNT, and I think 

You don't need general purpose MNT, only means of fabbing molecular
electronics in bulk cheaply enough to prototype in low submegabuck range
(preferrably, a lot cheaper, as it increases the number of hardware

Current fabs would do, if there was enough money to burn on building
WSI-scale cellular architectures, including an interwafer mesh 
signalling fabric.

> it currently looks like we'll have general purpose AI before we have 
> general purpose MNT (obviously arguable).

If you have enough crunch to do human-grade AI, letting them figuring out machine-phase
chemistry, viable self-rep designs and a bootstrap route largely in machina
is very small beer in comparison.

People could do it with today's technology, but it would be a very
large-scale effort, and take several decades.

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