RE: Near-term stuff (was: Singurapture)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Mon Apr 30 2001 - 08:39:32 MDT

> > J. R. Molloy wrote:
> > > Incidentally, I don't see any presenters/speakers addressing
> the subject of
> > > triggering the Net to transcend. How silly is the idea of the
> Net awakening
> > > and thinking for itself?
> > It is a bit of wishful thinking: if we create something complex
> enough it
> > will become intelligent. There is not a shred of evidence for
> that happening,
> > since intelligent thought requires a rather sophisticated and deliberate
> > organisation, so it is unlikely to occur by chance.

I tend to have a "global-brain-ish" vision of the Singularity. I think that
a very intelligent AI system will incorporate the Net as part of its brain,
as well as experiencing the Net as much of its world (the brain/world
distinction not being as crisp in this case as it is for us).

But I agree that this won't be a spontaneous crystallization of intelligence
out of the Net. Rather, it will be a matter of an autonomous software
intelligence gradually restructuring more and more of the Net in its own
image, to all of our benefit...


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