Ah--okay; as long as no one's proposing that sheer computing
"spontaneously" develops sentience. I mean, that'd be like saying
life on earth--well, nevermind...
On 14 Jan 2001, at 10:15, xgl wrote:
> On Sat, 13 Jan 2001, John Marlow wrote:
> > >
> > > On this planet *right now* there exists enough
> > > networked computing power
> > > to create an AI.
> > **Now, forgive me if I've missed something here
> > (please point it out)--but isn't AI a matter of
> > quality rather than quantity?
> since intelligence is not an atomic essence but an emergent
> property, sufficient computational capacity is one of its pre-requisites;
> not only does more computational capacity make intelligence easier,
> without enough computational capacity, intelligence would probably be
> *impossible*. i take this to be eliezer's point here.
> > while
> > > success in nanotechnology doesn't help AI. In fact,
> > > nanotechnology
> > > provides for computers with thousands or millions of
> > > times the power of a
> > > single human brain, at which point it takes no
> > > subtlety, no knowledge, no
> > > wisdom to create AI; anyone with a nanocomputer can
> > > just brute-force it.
> > **See above--quality v quantity (brute-force).
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