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larryloeb
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12/13/2015 | 5:52:29 PM
Re: Altruistic Reasons
Gee, it seems cheaper to make a human than a machine that will outdo a human.

Easy to make,sure, but the maintenance is ongoing and a bear.
Brian.Dean
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12/13/2015 | 5:48:14 PM
Re: Altruistic Reasons
Complexity will work in favor of humans. Software might be able to self-improve someday but, hardware will be dependent on humans for maintenance and improvements. And, there is also the electricity bill that will have to be paid. It has been speculated that to simulate the human brain (simulating only the neurons) will require 1-10 exaflop/s, an exaflop could consume somewhere in the region of 20 to 30 MW of electricity by 2020.  
larryloeb
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12/13/2015 | 5:22:20 PM
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Working in favor of what? Humans program the AIs, and the ways they do it revise all the time.

It's no going to be a machine that self-improves that is the probem. It will be something that man creates.
Brian.Dean
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12/13/2015 | 5:12:50 PM
Re: Altruistic Reasons
The OpenAI initiative is good as well. Resources should be allocated towards protection as well in the unlikely event that something goes wrong.

One natural form of protection that seems to be working in favor is that humans have between 20,000 to 25,000 genes. Rice has around 41,000 genes. And, electronics on the other hand, if anything goes wrong it is cheaper to rebuild it from scratch with a new design rather than work on the fifth or sixth modification.
larryloeb
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12/13/2015 | 4:42:04 PM
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Well, yes.

The OpenAI initiative announced at the end of last week may also be involved here.

Perhaps the future will be corporate AIs vs. Copen AIs
Brian.Dean
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12/13/2015 | 4:13:21 PM
Altruistic Reasons
There is definitely some level of altruism on Facebook's part to open source the hardware effort. Collaboration is good as it helps to eliminate resources that are spent for duplication. Altruism aside, there is also the economic reason that creating AI (high quality AI -- comparable to the human brain) would require large amounts of resources and no single company can take on the challenge.


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