Re: Doogie Mice

Anders Sandberg (
03 Sep 1999 11:51:11 +0200

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> writes:

> Speaking of Algernae, of course, I've noticed that memory seems to be
> the easiest thing to enhance, in both mice (Doogie) and humans (the
> whole cholinergic thing). I repeat my previous guess that augmented
> memory trades off with flexibility of memory in some way, possibly even
> with the ability to think about symbols consciously and manipulate their definitions.

Perhaps. Some of my results in my memory models imply that having a memory that learns quickly means that the generalisation ability becomes less good. However, what the optimal level of generalisation is depends a lot on the environment - a change that would be bad for a cro magnon hunter might be a great improvement for a programmer.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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