Friday, 23 October 2009

Intelligent machines

Reading The Leakproof Singularity and Simulation we have the quote from 1965 by British statistician IJ Good:
Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an intelligence explosion, and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.
count the some falacies here...

Never mind that the first statement may not actually be possible: "Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever.";

never mind that intelligence may or may not be embodied within machines, we have the questions:
  • "an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be..." Would the unltraintelligent machine want to design a better machine? It may think it wiser not to.
  • Even if it were so, man might invent another intelligent machine to save himself from the ravages of the first.
  • Philosophically, there is a case to argue that man is such an intelligent machine created by the earth, and does she regret it now?


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