RE: Human minds on Windows(?)

Billy Brown (
Thu, 8 Jul 1999 17:23:42 -0500

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> Which is more important: The next level up in programming languages, or
> a EURISKO-like reusable AI core?

If you mean another toy AI like the products of the last 50 years, I'll take improved programming tools any day. If you mean a real AI, capable of manipulating symbols the way humans do, then I'll concede that it is much more important - but I don't think you can write such a program in any existing language without a multi-billion dollar investment that just isn't going to happen anytime soon.

One of the reasons I want better programming tools is to reduce the difficulty of that AI programming project to something that could be done by a modest-sized company, or maybe a reasonably successful open-source effort.

Billy Brown, MCSE+I