CHAT: Do AIs need degrees?

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Wed Mar 28 2001 - 04:02:46 MST

Eugene Leitl wrote,
> It is not a good idea to start your carreer by deliberately narrowing down
> your choices. Getting a Ph.D. by the time you're 25 is very possible for
> a hardworking person of a larger than average intelligence working in the
> right place, and opens a lot of doors.

Is there enough time for degrees when the Singularity is coming, the
Singularity is coming, the Singulari...

You know, way back in 1965 folks knew that an ultra-intelligent machine is the
last thing humans will ever need to invent. Now, if an ultra-intelligent
machine can get by without a degree, surely that proves that all you need is
raw intelligence, right? Pardon the gibe, I'm just feeling uppity since Greg
Burch explained to me that social entities attain status and position as a
result of engendering trust and building reputations based on recognition of
performance and dependability. It's a social organization thing, with
certificates, credentials, CVs and all.

So, the important thing is to build an AI, get it properly degreed and
credentialed and certified, and then, as the owner of the AI, you'll also own
the degrees, credentials, and certificates.

When Eliezer's AI becomes the president of Harvard, perhaps they'll give him
an honorary degree... I mean Eliezer... not the president.


Hunger disappears when you're having fun,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia

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