Re: [isml] Making HAL Your Pal (fwd)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Apr 19 2001 - 12:32:20 MDT

Adrian Tymes wrote:
> Ditto on both counts here. And let me add some evidence: when I first
> saw Eliezer's work, I offered to help implement part of his plan (the
> "Flash" XML in which the AI could operate). He asked me to hold off
> until he could get his notes together on that.

Guys, I can burn myself out trying to get everything to everyone, and all
it means is that *nothing* will ever get finished. I'm sorry if I managed
to give you the impression that it was just a couple of weeks, way back
when, but we can't start implementing Flare until we have at least one
full-time person to run the project, and I've been too busy working on
"Friendly AI" - am *still* too busy - to write anything up on it. When,
after my visit to Webmind, Ben Goertzel asked for a paper describing
specifically how to implement a Friendly Webmind using his current
architecture, I dropped everything else and got him a paper, with
diagrams, within (if I recall correctly) a week or so. Then, in
accordance with Murphy's Law, Webmind immediately died, in order to
deprive us of the potential test case we were cultivating.

Meanwhile, I'm sorry, but SIAI has a total of one full-time guy, and that
one full-time guy has other priorities.

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

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