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

From: Jim Fehlinger (
Date: Sun May 06 2001 - 11:57:11 MDT

James Rogers wrote:

> I wrote:

> > Still too static, folks, to be a basis for AI...

> The plasticity of the hardware is utterly irrelevant.

Far from "utterly" irrelevant, but I'll grant you that:

> It is the interaction and complexity of the *data* that matters,

but not that:

> one should be able to do AI on just about any reasonable piece
> of silicon.

Ah, now **there**'s the heart of the question, as far as I'm
concerned. Don't matter what kind of software you write, if
you don't have big enough iron to run it on. And what, precisely,
will constitute "reasonable" hardware for this particular job?

It ain't gonna be silicon, I can tell you that (my crystal ball
**insists** this is so, and I believe it, because it's the one the
Wicked Witch of the West had in her throne room. I never had a
chance at the Ruby Slippers, but I tripped over that ball in this
weird antique store on Newbury St. in Boston ;-> ).

Jim F.

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