[extropy-chat] Re: Any progress towards AI at all?

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Fri Oct 14 16:32:41 UTC 2005

J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> For almost the entire history of AI research, there has been no coherent
> general theoretical model for intelligent systems.  In the last few years,
> something that looks very much like a comprehensive theoretical description
> and framework for intelligent systems in the abstract has been coalescing
> very nicely.  The net effect is that it is starting to transition from
> looking like a really hard theoretical problem to a really hard engineering
> problem.  And the engineering problems that follow do not look like
> classical AI, so we know that we have something interesting and new rather
> than rehashing an old concept with a fresh coat of paint.  To the man on the
> street those two states look the same, but for someone in the trenches that
> looks like real progress for a change.

This work is just getting started.  Most of the major problems I'm 
interested in are not solvable in current formal frameworks even with 
unbounded computing power (generally due to indefinite recursion).

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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