Monday, July 30, 2007

Accelerating Future » General Intelligence:
Evolution is lazy. It does as little as possible to get by. Unlike human engineers, it doesn’t perform optimization based on some abstract referent, but based on the inclusive fitness of nearby conspecifics. With all this in mind, it’s remarkable that a general intelligence ability evolved rather than a patchwork of quick-and-dirty cognitive modules with the purpose of excelling in niche tasks, which is usually more than enough to maximize inclusive fitness. Perhaps it was “waiting in the configuration space” for evolution to discover.

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