RE: Maximizing results of efforts Re: Mainstreaming

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Wed May 02 2001 - 04:22:15 MDT

> > 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...
> Do you realize how many top-notch people worked on the problem? How
> many today's $$$s a few G$ in 1940s are?

Gee, that's a really sound argument. People have failed to do X before
after great effort, therefore no one will ever succeed.

What percentage of great achievements in history do you think were made
WITHOUT a bunch of failed efforts to do the same thing coming first?

I don't mean to be rude, but I'm not going to bother debating with you
further. I don't mind debating with AI skeptics, but I prefer to debate
with skeptics whose arguments reflect deeper thought.


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