Re: Contextualizing seed-AI proposals

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Apr 12 2001 - 21:18:45 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 10:22 PM 4/12/01 -0400, Eliezer wrote:
> >I can't tell what the problem is from your post. Could you be more
> >specific?
> No, but I can be more general:
> e.g. (discussing how autoassociative networks can overcome
> underdetermination [and help explain overdetermination]).


I'm already familiar with Hopfield networks, the analogy to spin glasses
in solid-state physics, and so on. I think that they're fine for a
monolayer problem but lack the holistic structure needed to, e.g.,
visualize a triangular lightbulb. See CaTAI section 2.3.4, "Concept
application and combination".

Also, AFAIK, current Hopfield models use a single state which iteratively
relaxes, rather than a set of superposed states; the actual physics for
most phenomena resembles a probability fluid forming puddles in local
minima of a potential energy surface. (JoSH once told me about a
generalization of the Hopfield network which used analog computation (!)
to near-instantly find and combine the local minima in dynamically
changing potential energy surfaces, but I forget what that was called.)

Now that I've shown off my erudition and proven that I know the background
material, would you please be more specific?

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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