Re: Singularity in 18 months?/ hardware fab latency

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Wed, 16 Jun 1999 15:15:58 -0500

Doug Jones wrote:
> By the way, Eliezer, I have a question/quibble/objection to your
> doubled doubling description of the singularity: it ignores hardware
> development cycles. Certainly a fully functional AI could improve
> its own software, but the runaway would be damped by the hardware
> design and fabrication process- smarter code also needs faster
> hardware to run at faster subjective speed.

Do you know that there's an STM connected to the Internet? I don't know about protein-synthesis machines being connected to the Internet - but if you're willing to go through snail-mail, you can write a DNA sequence, email it to someone who mails you the DNA, then send the DNA to a protein synthesizer in, what, about a week? Probably less if you're an AI and you're willing to pay for FedEx overnight.

Ever wonder if there's a back door into Zyvex's laboratory equipment somewhere, with a password only an AI could crack? That's what *I'd* do.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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