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Comment author: dlrlw 17 March 2015 12:49:02PM 0 points [-]

What is "FOOM"? Is it an acronym? What does it stand for?

Wordnik says "The sound of a muffled explosion." But that doesn't sound right. If AI goes FOOM, the explosion presumably won't be 'muffled'. :-)

Comment author: JoshuaZ 17 March 2015 01:16:37PM 1 point [-]

It is sometimes used to suggest an extremely rapid AI self-improvement. I don't know where the word originates but I think it is intended as some sort of sound-effect.

Comment author: Good_Burning_Plastic 17 March 2015 01:28:54PM *  1 point [-]

The Jargon page says "Onomatopoetic vernacular for an intelligence explosion." I have no idea why isn't something louder-sounding like "BOOM" (or "Boom!!!") instead either.

Comment author: Lumifer 17 March 2015 03:22:22PM 1 point [-]

I have no idea why isn't something louder-sounding like "BOOM"

I suspect it's not loud because of

"'But oh, beamish nephew, beware of the day,
If your Snark be a Boojum! For then
You will softly and suddenly vanish away,
And never be met with again!'

Comment author: [deleted] 17 March 2015 01:41:38PM 1 point [-]

I think it may suggest a non-violent, non-destructive rapid expansion, like how a shaving foam goes foom :)

Comment author: Lumifer 17 March 2015 03:20:08PM 1 point [-]

FOOM, in the context of LW, is extremely rapid take-off of artificial intelligence.

If an AI can improve itself and the rate at which it improves is itself a function of how good (=smart) it is, the growth of its capabilities will resemble exponential and at some point will rapidly escalate into the superhuman realm. That is FOOM.