[ExI] DARPA killer AI robots to 'participate in own construction'

Bryan Bishop kanzure at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 21:45:32 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 3:33 PM, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In any case, it seems plain that building a system focused on "high-level
>> cognition" which can "participate in its own construction" will be fraught
>> with difficulty. You might have a notion of what you'd like it to be, but it
>> will have its own ideas. By definition, one would have no firm picture of
>> just what would be unleashed upon an unsuspecting world at the end of the
>> construction process - but you would know that it'd be potentially able to
>> make more of itself, or indeed repair itself if it got damaged.
> No. "Construction" is not "design". These aren't intelligent robots
> designing themselves, they're appliances that can help bootstrap their
> construction.

I work in the Automated Design Lab at the University of Texas at
Austin, and I can confirm that it does not take this "intelligence"
thing in order to do design. The algorithms required are hardly
anywhere near the complexity of the nonsense that
intelligence-enthusiasts have been imagining. Maybe reviewing the
Golem project would help?

- Bryan
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