> This is not what I envision as a non-upgrading AI. First, a non-upgrading AI
> would have little or no conscious control over its own programming. It could
> respond to environmental stimuli, formulate behaviors based on its
> motivational parameters, and implement those behaviors. This is basically
> what humans do. Technically, such an AI could possibly learn about itself,
> if creative enough figure out a way to improve itself, then find some tools
> and do it (if it could remain active while making modifications). This would
> be no different than you or me. However, it might never do so if we program
> it to have an aversion to consciously tinkering with its internal functions
> except for repairs. This would be in my estimation a non-upgrading AI.
Human brains have millions of years of evolution behind them. The only thing that makes it remotely possible to match that immense evolutionary investment with a few years of programming is the recursive-redesign capability of seed AI, reinvesting the dividends of intelligence. I guarantee you that the first artificial intelligence smart enough to matter will be a seed AI, because doing it without seed AI will take at least another twenty years and hundreds or thousands of times as much labor.
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