[FoRK] Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming

mdw at martinwills.com mdw at martinwills.com
Fri Oct 17 07:40:33 PDT 2014


KKHHAAANNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!



> HI Eugen,
>
> On Oct 17, 2014, at 2:03 AM, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
>
>> While Moore is obviously entering into saturation, and the race of
>> collapse
>> with Singularity so far looks like collapse is winning by a fair margin,
>> we
>> obviously can improve systems much faster than biological organisms (it
>> takes
>> 35+ years to create a borderline competent human being).
>
> That isn’t immediately obvious to me.  Improvement along which metrics?
>
> Sure, I can teach arithmetic to a computer faster than I can teach it to a
> kid.
>
> But is that the kind of improvement we need to prevent the collapse?
>
> I would argue that what we need is not more intelligence, but better
> empathy, creativity, and values.
>
> And while that is incredibly difficult to teach human beings, it is even
> more difficult to teach to [other] systems.
>
>> So once we go much beyond exascale and can image neurobiology at
>> molecular scale and combine that with in vivo total activity we
>> should start making progress.
>
> Again, progress along which dimension?
>
> At The Swan Factory, we’re tackling that hard problem face on: how do we
> create institutions that leverage technology to help produce better human
> beings in a timescale of months, rather than decades?
>
> And by “better”, we mean humans who have the skills, values, and humility
> to actually make the world a better place. Regardless of their
> intellectual capacities.
>
> — Ernie P.
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