[p2p-research] is the mind a computer

Ryan Lanham rlanham1963 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 12 14:42:55 CET 2009

I was just pointed to a dissertation by Shane Legg called Machine Super
Intelligence.  It is a doctoral dissertation from the University of
Lugano--I know neither the author, the school, the advisors or the
content...but I am going to give it a skim.  Maybe some current leading
sources emerge, etc.  If so, I will report to this list.  The first quote is
from the God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, so those inclined against such
views probably can surmise the author's bias.

The author cites this...which is interesting...

www.vetta.org/shane/intelligence.html   -- a collection of definitions of
intelligence.... it leads to the author's blog, web presence, etc.  It
appears impressive at first blush.

The Institute of Extropy has a faq on transhumanism, singularity, etc.  It
appears factual.  I do not know the organization or vouch for it in any
way.  It may be a front for Dionetix for all I know.


On 11/12/09, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 09, 2009 at 01:40:45AM +0200, Tere Vadén wrote:
> > Would that include conceived things that implement non-Turing-computable
> > functions?
> Noncomputability and undecidability are theoretical constraints
> (which are not very relevant in practice), those of computational
> physics another. None of these bite (with the notable exception
> of relativistic latency, though even that is a problem of topology
> and feature size which constrain functionality concentration)
> in practice.
> --
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