Re: CHAT: Do AIs need degrees?

From: Eugene Leitl (
Date: Wed Mar 28 2001 - 05:18:01 MST

On Wed, 28 Mar 2001, J. R. Molloy wrote:

> Eugene Leitl wrote,
> Is there enough time for degrees when the Singularity is coming, the
> Singularity is coming, the Singulari...

Sure, depending on your field and where you're studying and how bright you
are you can get a Ph.D. pretty damn quick. Probably 5 years, 8 tops. Apart
from the letter after your name, you'll even find you've learned one or
two useful things, if you've chosen the right school and haven't wasted
your time.
> 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

If you think you can build God in your basement all by yourself, I think
you'll need a good doctor, quick.

> 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.

Yah, you have to play by the rules of the game if you want support from
other people (most people do).
> 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.

If that's what floats your boat, sure.
> When Eliezer's AI becomes the president of Harvard, perhaps they'll give him
> an honorary degree... I mean Eliezer... not the president.

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