Re: Return of the Robots (was Re: No AI for Nano/No Nano for copyloads)

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Sat Jul 15 2000 - 09:02:01 MDT

David Blenkinsop wrote:

> On Robin's ideas about upload economies, I've been interested for quite a while
> now, however, I don't really see the "uploads first" concept as the most likely
> outcome. For instance, we could substitute some sort of neural net based "pattern
> recognizer" robot for the uploads, and have
> very similar economic potential, ... Without necessarily trying to develope a lot
> of detail on why such a pattern-'bot, or "compare to human workalike" should seem
> plausible,
> I'll just say that miniaturization generally (and *especially* if that
> miniaturization leads to nanotech), *should* allow us to imitate natural
> biological systems, .... Imitating, or modeling the embryonic development of
> animal or human brains surely does sound relatively easy and very scientifically
> informative, too, compared to picking through the immense, twisted "library" of an
> adult human brain, and then trying to compactify it as you go?

I think this is vastly harder than you seem to think, but I wish you success should
you attempt it.

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