Re: seed AI

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Fri, 26 Nov 1999 15:27:30 -0600

Rob Harris wrote:
> >Okay, I gotta dispute this. I was the person who invented the term
> >"seed AI".
> The term has certainly got around a bit - about 8 months ago there was a
> thread on a philosophy list discussing "Seed AI", and I understood it as a
> flash term for what my AI lecturer referred to as artificial life.

Cool. I did publish the term more than 8 months ago, and it is also of course possible that the alifers reinvented it and made it mean something completely different.

> >A seed AI is an AI that understands its own source code, and is capable of
> rewriting that source >code.
> How are you going to make a program "understand"? What is "understand" to
> you? See section on "RNUI: Representing, Noticing, Understanding, and Inventing."

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