Re: "Cybernetic Totalism?"

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 02:32:48 MDT

Eugene Leitl <> writes:

> xgl writes:
> >
> > what struck me about the article was a practical point. lanier
> > doesn't doubt that hardware will continue to improve, but he does question
> > whether better software will come. specifically, he mentions the
> > brittleness of human programming.
> Sure, but who ever said we will rely on such paltry stuff? I would
> rather grow a solution in an interactive process using evolutionary
> algorithms.

The question is how good the resulting code will be. Obviously, it
won't be brittle - in fact, you have to find ways of coding that
aren't brittle even in order to evolve code - but modularity,
validation and extendability seem likely to suffer. How do you evolve
an operating system or traffic controller that you trust? Even if the
process is interactive, it seems to require a high degree of skill and
ways of examining messy evolved code.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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