Re: Zones of Thought (was Zindell's _The Wild_)

Anders Sandberg (
Thu, 14 Nov 1996 14:16:38 +0100 (MET)

On Wed, 13 Nov 1996, Hal Finney wrote:

> This suggests to me that super-intelligences may be faced with similar
> problems as they advance. There will be levels, or plateaus, where they
> advance to the limit that is possible at that level. Then some new
> fundamental breakthrough is needed to advance to a new level. Being
> smart is not just a matter of being fast (in my opinion), but involves
> qualitative changes.

This seems to mirror Stanislaw Lem's ideas in Golem XIV, where the SI
explains that there are many different levels of transcendence, and
climbing the toposophical ladder involves many choices between mutually
exclusive forms of superintelligence.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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