RE: Yudkowsky's AI (again)

Billy Brown (
Fri, 26 Mar 1999 09:44:47 -0600

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> I think a lot of the discussions about the emergence of Powers and SI
> are hampered by a lack of what Lyle Burkhead call 'callibration' - are
> these ideas really checked against reality? Technological development
> does not necessarily jump, there are always economics involved, humans
> often act together in a social manner, if somebody has
> technology/knowledge X then it is very likely that many has it or are
> close to it too, Hollywood memes are not necesarily true and so on. I
> think I need to write something like for
> uploading and the brain :-)

Maybe you should - although I hope you'd do a better job of it than he did. Mr. Burkhead seems to be fond of making sweeping statements about what is possible in fields he obviously doesn't know anything about, and some of them are just as erroneous as the ideas he sets out to debunk.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I