Matt Gingell wrote:
> >See http://pobox.com/~sentience/AI_design.temp.html [343K]
> I skimmed your document and, with all due respect, I do not see that your model,
> as I understand it, differs significantly from classical AI. You have a number
> of modules containing domain-specific knowledge mediated by a centralized world
> model. This is a traditional paradigm.
Okay. First of all, that's not right. There's a number of modules containing domain-specific *codelets* - not knowledge - and the "domains" are things like "causality" or "similarity" or "reflexivity", not things like "knowledge about the French Revolution" or "knowledge about cars". Furthermore, the world-model is not centralized. There is nothing you can point to and call a "world-model". The world-model is a way of viewing the sum of the interrelated contents of all domdules.
> The macro-scale self improvement you
> envision is not compelling to me – if you’ve written a program that can
> understand and improve upon itself in a novel and open-ended way then you’ve
> solved the interesting part of the problem already.
Precisely. That is, in a nutshell, the entire problem of seed AI. "Write a program that can represent, notice, understand and improve on its local component code and global design paradigms in an open-ended way."
> Could you identify the cardboard box you think AI research is stuck in, and what
> you’d change if you were in charge. (You have 5 years...)
In my mind, I conceptualize "AI" and "transhuman AI" as being two entirely different fields. AI is stuck in the cardboard box of insisting on generalized processing, simplified models, and implementing only a piece of one problem at a time instead of entire cognitive architectures; they're stuck on systems that a small team of researchers can implement in a year.
I like to think that I actually appreciate the humongous complexity of the human mind - in terms of "lines" of neurocode, not content, but code - and that I've acknowledged the difficulty of the problem of creating a complete cognitive architecture. I suffer from absolutely no delusion that a transhuman AI will be small. In the end, I think the difference is that I've faced up to the problem.
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