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22 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 September 2008 11:04AM

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Comment author: James_D._Miller 28 September 2008 03:50:59PM 3 points [-]

The benefits humanity has received from innovations have mostly come about through gradual improvements in existing products rather then through huge breakthroughs. For these kinds of innovations 50 people with the minimal IQ needed to get a masters degree in chemistry (even if each of them believes that the Bible is the literal word of God) are far more valuable than one atheist with an Eliezer level IQ.

Based on my limited understanding of AI, I suspect that AGI will come about through small continuous improvements in services such as Google search. Google search, for example, might get better and better at understanding human requests and slowly acquire the ability to pass a Turing test. And Google doesn't need a "precise theory to permit stable self-improvement" to continually improve its search engine.

Comment author: [deleted] 05 June 2012 09:24:22PM 0 points [-]

I certainly hope Google does not Foom... Especially since their idea seems orthogonal to AGI.