Re: Intelligence increase

From: Robin Hanson (
Date: Wed Oct 04 2000 - 06:13:56 MDT

J. R. Molloy wrote:
> > Intelligence increases would be the result of breakthroughs all across the
> > globe, and the compute cycles in any one lab would only be a very small
> > fraction of that total.
>Because human brains don't use autocatalytic positive feedback loops to
>self-optimize, they can't suddenly break through to SI. Consequently, it makes
>more sense to imagine SI emerging in a humanoid AI or cyborg or purely
>artificial life environment which *does* use evolvable and genetic algorithms
>which can self-optimize.

Human IQ has been increasing. I doubt this is because of what chimps are
doing here on Earth. If it is because of what humans are doing, then it
must be due to an "autocatalytic positive feedback loop" among humans.
What else could it possibly be?

Robin Hanson
Asst. Prof. Economics, George Mason University
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