[extropy-chat] 12,000 IQ and nothing on?

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Apr 11 03:51:59 UTC 2007

On 4/11/07, Anders Sandberg <asa at nada.kth.se> wrote:

If past history is a guide, the number of domains of human activity is
> increasing tremendously. Many domains do not appear to be terribly
> complex, but there are so many of them. We cannot google them all to do
> them. With even greater brains (and posthuman bodies and extraterrestrial
> environments) that number of domains would expand enormously. Even if
> general intelligence can conquer them all given time and motivation, I
> would suspect that there will never be enough time (and economics).
> Compared to the range of domains most of us are acting in today,
> posthumans might actually appear terribly specialised. But thanks to the
> distributed nature of knowledge, if you ever asked the IQ 12,000 being
> about usulism, it would probably efficiently get the answer from its
> relative so quickly that we would think it knew it all along.

You could consider human civilization as a whole as a black box which
considers problems and comes up with solutions. Would it make sense to talk
about a collective IQ for this black box? If so, what might this IQ be?

Stathis Papaioannou
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