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Archive for November 2012

Singular Cracking

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I have expressed doubt that the first superhuman AI will become a Singularity, but have since read a counterargument from someone who has put much more work into the field.  His basic assumption, that such an AI will have access to change its own source code, is a possibility I had not actually considered.  Of course, any intelligence will need some sort of memory and learning capacity, but I have a hard time imagining a large program that rewrites itself on the fly.  Yes, any sufficiently powerful programming language can do so, but few programs actually do, and I haven’t been expecting an AI program to be different.

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Written by eswald

27 Nov 2012 at 5:19 pm

Posted in Technology

Technological Singularity

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I’ve mentioned the Singularity a time or two without really defining it.  Partly, I’m not entirely certain what I believe about it, just that it will happen.

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Written by eswald

19 Nov 2012 at 6:35 pm

Posted in Technology

Singular Possibilities

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Imagine a world in which you had a guaranteed income, leaving you free to do whatever you want.  What would you do?  I would still program, but perhaps not for business, and would probably play a few more board games.  Tarn Adams would still produce Dwarf Fortress, but perhaps on nicer hardware.  Jonathan Coulton would still write songs.  My father-in-law would still have translated history and horticulture books.  It’s what we do, part of who we are.

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Written by eswald

12 Nov 2012 at 5:45 pm

Posted in Lifestyle, Politics

Midnight Election Thoughts

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Obama seems to have won, despite the best efforts of my neighbors.  I’m hearing everything from cheers to doomsday prophesies, but I’m reasonably certain the sun will rise in the morning.  I don’t expect the next four years to be significantly different from the previous four, or the four before that.

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Written by eswald

7 Nov 2012 at 12:21 am

Posted in Politics