seed AI

Rob Harris (
Fri, 26 Nov 1999 15:55:10 -0000

>Okay, I gotta dispute this. I was the person who invented the term
>"seed AI".

The term has certainly got around a bit - about 8 months ago there was a thread on a philosophy list discussing "Seed AI", and I understood it as a flash term for what my AI lecturer referred to as artificial life.

>A seed AI is an AI that understands its own source code, and is capable of
rewriting that source >code.

How are you going to make a program "understand"? What is "understand" to you?