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A Timeline of Recursive Self-improving Algorithms

This brief but fascinating time-line list of algorithms that include recursive self improvement is well worth reading and even studying the links at the bottom of the article. Timeline and analysis of existing attempts of recursive self improving (RSI) software systems – [medium.com] What are Self-Improving algorithms? Self-Improving algorithms must have the property to get […]

Self Improvement is Recursive

A recursive process does something, stores the result, and then reapplies the same process using the new result. We see this often in mathematical equations and computer programming. Any process of continuous self improvement tends to be recursive by nature. We improve ourselves, then continue to work on improving ourselves, but using the new improvements […]

How Ethics Works

How Ethics Works

Ethics is the consideration of what action is the best. This can be fairly straightforward when we only consider ourselves and there aren’t any significant unknown factors. But even under these restrictions, an ethical analysis can become complex. Consider this scenario: We can travel for one day to a location where there is one gallon […]

Building a Synthetic Consciousness

The team had been working for some time on automating stock market trades. Every night the scripts poured over the data from the trading day, matching patterns that had been determined to provide advantageous trading opportunities and extracting the pieces needed for further analysis. Those pieces were fed through several neural networks that had been […]

QUANTUM STUFF – Introduction

Quantum computing is not simple to understand. A good starting place is some of the ideas in quantum mechanics since they are fundamental to quantum computing. This is an introduction to a series of posts on stuff related to quantum quantum mechanics and quantum computing. Definition of “quantum” An amount or quantity of something A […]

Ballistic Electron Flow

Ballistic conduction is when electrons move through a medium with minimal scattering and resistance. This happens in nanowires and nanotubes because of their small diameter. Experiments confirm theory of “superballistic” electron flow – [mit.edu] The idea behind superballistic flow is that interactions among electrons make them move in a highly coordinated manner, mimicking the behavior […]

AI Will Learn Faster

Artificial Intelligence (AI) will learn faster than most humans. We can also do this. Learning Smart – [conceptualizedintelligence.com] Instead of focusing on learning facts, we should first concentrate on how to best learn. Learning facts first often teaches thinking skills limited to the specific fact set. The result is rote memorization without the ability to […]

AI Is Our Only Salvation

Recent news stories have echoed worries that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a threat to us. In fact, AI is our only salvation. There are numerous existential threats on our immediate horizon, including: nuclear weapons, bio-genetic weapons, nanotechnology weapons, robotic weapons, and more possibilities. Nuclear and robotic weapons pale in comparison to bio-genetic weapons and nanotechnology […]