RE: META: To my Colleague Extropians

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Thu May 03 2001 - 06:59:50 MDT

> On Wed, May 02, 2001 at 02:18:06PM -0700, Spike Jones wrote:
> > > Natasha Vita-More wrote:
> >
> > > I'd rather see a system implemented that follows more
> mind-bending criteria
> > > than whether a person is popular or not-:) If a rating system
> relied upon
> > > the Extropian principles and a variety of essays that embody content
> > > reflecting the goals, thoughts and feelings of "Extropy"
> rather than the
> > > personal likes and dislikes...
> >
> > This is a waaaay better idea, thanks Natasha!
> Yes, it definitely is. The only problem is implementing it - that is far
> trickier, nearly AI-complete.

Using our Webmind Classification System product, we could make an
extropy-detector that would agree with humans as often as they agree with
each other. You'd need to give it training data -- a few hundred positive
and negative example of extropy-relevant messages, according to a few
different raters.

One thing that you find when doing such work is that different raters don't
agree nearly as well as you'd think about what belongs in a given category
and what doesn't...


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