RE: Paths to Uploading

Billy Brown (
Wed, 6 Jan 1999 13:19:03 -0600

Samael wrote:
> Why do people assume that an AI will arrive fully formed and
> ready to take
> on the world. Looking at the human mind, it takes us years,
> if not decades,
> to understand the world around us and become adept at
> manipulating it in
> complex ways.

Because they don't share our bandwidth limitations. Pre-human AI will probably require laborious spoon-feeding of knowledge, but that is standard for current-day AI projects. Nobody is going to recognize it as human-equivalent until it is smart enough to learn by reading a book.

At that point the advantages of computers over organic systems come into play. It should be able to learn as fast as it can process data - and if it can deal with real-world events the way we can, that makes it orders of magnitude faster than a human.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I