Re: Paths to Uploading

Anders Sandberg (
09 Jan 1999 16:10:35 +0100

"John Clark" <> writes:

> An AI that didn't know when it should be bored would not be much of
> an AI. Boredom is a wonderful thing, when it's working properly it
> keeps you from "exploring" endless loops. I would even go so far as
> to say that if you found a way to give a machine good boredom
> detecting skills then you'd be 80% of the way toward a true AI
> because then it would know the proper area to aim its finite mental
> firepower at.

It is interesting to ponder whether there is a connection between boredom and attention. Both aim mental resources, although the timescales seem to be different.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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