[ExI] From Arms Race to Joint Venture

Zero Powers zero.powers at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 18:32:01 UTC 2018

On Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 8:22 AM William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>

> You should assume that I know little about AI (as if that weren't already
> obvious).  But it seems that it excels at things that involve tremendous
> counting:  chess: as many moves ahead as possible, all countermoves
> considered.  No human can do this past several moves.  Piece of cake for AI.

That used to be the case, but not anymore. The system that recently beat
the best human Go player did a qualitatively different kind of thinking
than the system used to beat Garry Kasparov at chess 20 years ago. Deep
Blue might have been called a super counter. But AlphaGo is much more than
that. Deep learning is the difference. It excels in things which used to be
our forte; things like pattern recognition and differentiation. It can
compete against itself millions of times per day, learn from mistakes and
recursively fine tune it's tactics and strategies.

> Now here is what I would like to see an AI do:  feed it several studies in
> some area like physics, or even psychology, and ask it to come up with
> reasonable hypotheses (as judged by humans, of course) about what
> experiments to do next.  No counting at all - just abstract reasoning.
> When it can do this it can take over science, right?

Would you settle for analyzing diagnostic imaging and making accurate


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