Re: Is Software Generality Overrated?

Robin Hanson (
Thu, 15 May 1997 09:02:00 -0700 (PDT)

Damien Broderick writes:
>a human takes between 7 and 35 years to absorb the tacit knowledge
>needed for true functioning intelligence. That's *every single
>human*. Once the knowledge base is compiled, compressed and debugged,
>AIs can (presumably) be die-stamped. ... the advantages of xeroxing
>over long drawn-out experience seem to me to represent a truly
>gigantic jump forward in low cost utility.

With uploads, this advantage will apply to us as well. So the
question is: will common sense be compiled before uploads appear?

Robin D. Hanson