Re: Big Bang is Bunk

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Sat Jul 28 2001 - 21:52:31 MDT

Lee Corbin wrote:
> The way that I've heard the "big S" Singularity described,
> it of course won't require 30 seconds for everything to
> be known somewhere in the solar system. By definition,
> the Singularity (according to the Singlarity Institute's
> Eliezer and Brian) accomplishes infinite processing in
> finite objective time---by imploding to basement universes
> if that is needed. At least that's what I've understood.

The Singularity is defined to occur as soon as any greater-than-human
intelligence comes into existence - big or small. It has to be genuine,
hardware transhumanity, not just humans put together in interesting
shapes, but that's it.

Infinite informational processing in finite physical time is an unresolved
issue in modern physics. It certainly forms no part of the definition of
the Singularity, or of the "necessary and sufficient" conditions for the
fulfillment of SIAI's goals.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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