RE: Maximizing results of efforts Re: Mainstreaming

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Wed May 02 2001 - 21:03:51 MDT

> #There is something to be said for *relevant* experience. Age is
> immaterial except in regard to two things: relevant experience, and
> wisdom. The former can sometimes be gathered quickly; the latter,
> never.

This is an interesting statement, but I know some counterexamples to it.

The guy who ran our Brazilian office and later our whole international AI
Development Division, Cassio Pennachin, demonstrated an *amazing* amount of
maturity wisdom at age 21 when we hired him, and continued to do so over the
next 2 years. (I know Cassio doesn't read this list, so I don't mind
flattering him...)

It always baffled me how he came by such a reserve of wisdom about
everything from system design to people management to business... his life
history, which is perfectly ordinary, doesn't explain it at all.

The diversity of human nature is well worth keeping in mind when thinking
about the future personalities of AI's. AI systems will have vastly more
diversity than humans, one can expect, since there have got to be many very
different ways to create real AI (and many different pathways along which
eventual self-modification will lead real AIs). Glib generalizations will
be even harder to make!!


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