Re: AI vs. uploading

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 03 Aug 1999 14:47:03 -0500

Bryan Moss wrote:
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> > I think you are perhaps overgeneralizing just a tad. In fact, you've
> > just insulted... let's see, Douglas Hofstadter, Douglas Lenat, and...
> > well, actually that exhausts my store of people I'd challenge you to a
> > duel over, but I'm still a touch offended.
> I would imagine from reading Hofstadter that he is fully capable of being
> just as arrogant as Marvin Minsky.


I can't for the life of me remember anything in _GEB_, _Metamagical Themas_, or _Fluid Concepts_ that could be taken as arrogant. Even when he was ripping apart the "Structure Mapping Engine" in _Fluid_, he was a lot nicer about it than I would have been.

> As for Lenat, he couldn't be insulted
> enough. Cyc indeed.

Yeah, Cyc is silly, they're pouring water into the bucket but they forgot to build the bucket first. I was talking about EURISKO. Cyc is just another failure.

> BM

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