Re: DiscoveryCh - AI

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Mon Jan 22 2001 - 13:39:04 MST

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> "Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> writes:
> > I might also add that, as long as you're wishing for more AI researchers
> > to study economics, social systems, and philosophy, I'll be happy when a
> > few of them get acquainted with functional neuroanatomy, evolutionary
> > psychology, and some book on cognitive science that was written after the
> > 1950s.
> You mean like us connectionists? :-)

There are a handful of AI researchers who try to implement biologically
realistic neural networks and who study computational neurology or
functional neuroanatomy as a source of ideas. *They* do cool work. The
rest of them - the "connectionists", I believe they call themselves - are
still stuck on some Standard Social Sciences Model of the human brain as a
completely general-reasoning lump of indistinct neuroanatomy; they go into
boastful raptures about "the same parallel distributed processing networks
used in the human brain" while attributing classical-AI-like semantics to
individual tokens in neural networks that an earthworm would sneeze at.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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