Re: Keeping AI at bay (was: How to help create a singularity)

From: James Rogers (
Date: Sun May 06 2001 - 11:34:28 MDT

On 5/6/01 8:34 AM, "Jim Fehlinger" <> wrote:
> Still too static, folks, to be a basis for AI. When are we going to have
> hardware with the sort of continual plasticity and dynamism that nerve tissue
> has? (I know it's going to be hard. And, in the meantime, evolved FPGAs
> might have their uses, if people can trust them to be reliable).

The plasticity of the hardware is utterly irrelevant. It is the interaction
and complexity of the *data* that matters, which is why one should be able
to do AI on just about any reasonable piece of silicon. There is no magic
in evolvable hardware, it is simply a fast way of evolving data interactions
that could be done completely in software on a boring von Neumann machine.
Hardware and software are equivalent things; hardware is faster, software is
cheaper, and you balance the two depending on the specifications of the
project at hand.

Give me just one example of something you can do in high-plasticity
evolvable hardware that can't be done in software.

-James Rogers

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