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Stephen Wolfram on the singularity; and on fundamental physics

Wolfram had a webcast today, mostly on Alpha, but he was asked about the singularity, a hypothesized point in history where artificial intelligence will exceed human intelligence, and solve problems such as extending our lives indefinitely. Wolfram opined that the computation done on earth by biological organisms is probably just a fractionary fragment of all interesting computation that can be done, and in particular is constrained to incremental advances due to the nature of evolution.

Another interesting thing he said is he’d like to work on a model of fundamental physics again as a reward for launching Alpha, and that he estimates it will require something over a hundred thousand and less than the code that is currently in Alpha, which is 7 million lines.

September 17, 2009 - Posted by | Complexity | , ,

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