[ExI] Did Hugo de Garis leave the field?

Richard Loosemore rpwl at lightlink.com
Sun Apr 17 20:29:41 UTC 2011

Eugen Leitl wrote:
> Hugo de Garis wrote:
>>> One of the reasons I stopped my brain-building work was that I got
>>> bored evolving neural net modules for artificial brains. These
>>> modules were a black box to me. They worked because they were
>>> evolved, but I had no scientific understanding as to why they worked.
> Duh, what else did he expect? General theory of AI? There isn't any.

Says who?

Just because Hugo decided his approach was not getting anywhere, it does 
not follow that there is never going to be a general theory of AI.

I am not surprised that Hugo's approach ended up disappointing him.  I 
saw what he was doing just before he left for China, and my feeling at 
the time was that he would hit a wall.  What I didn't expect was that 
he'd just give up completely.

But then, he's that kind of guy.

Richard Loosemore

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