Re: SITE: Coding a Transhuman AI 2.0a

From: Dan Fabulich (
Date: Sun May 21 2000 - 02:18:09 MDT

Hal refined:

> Let me restate my question without all the baggage. What exactly
> would this coding cortext do?

Eliezer's coding cortex would write Flare code, according to
specifications given by the rest of the AI. It would be analogous to
the automatic internal brain mechanism which we use to form
syntactically correct English sentences given some conditions in other
parts of the brain. (Assuming that such a mechanism exists in us in
the first place.)

In short, it would serve the function we pay programmers to do today.

> How powerful is it supposed to be? How intelligent?

I'm not sure how I'd answer this. Eventually, Eliezer intends it to
be as good as a modern programmer at writing code to specifications;
he expects that it would soon go beyond that point, writing code that
we can't understand today.

Yet I think I haven't answered your question correctly, probably
because I'm not sure what all you have in mind. Could you refine your


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