RE: Maximizing results of efforts Re: Mainstreaming

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 20:54:41 MDT

> > Given that trying to create an AI now requires nothing short of
> Manhattan
> > project, in today's dollars, and a very specific set of methods, I'm
> > glad to learn that I don't need to worry yet.

Well, Webmind Inc. had a group working on our AI project for 3 years, about
50% focused on building real AI and 50% on delivering AI to the company's
products. The group grew from 4 to about 50 over the 3 years. Not quite
Manhattan Project in size I'll admit, but getting there...

I'm not sure what your "very specific set of methods" is. Not having any
practical experience trying to build real AI, how can you be so confident
that you know what methods are required?

I believe I have a complete and workable design for a real Ai, but I don't
pretend to know what methods are **required** to make real AI. I think that
my design is one among many possible workable real AI designs. I think that
finding **necessary and sufficient conditions** for a real AI design is a
hard math problem, significantly harder than finding sufficient conditions,
which is all we need to do to build one. I can't help but suspect that your
confidence is unfounded.


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