AGI development — an isomorphism of failure to date?

Buddhist twins

What AI did wrong, and an isomorphism of failure

Thinking in Circles … Julian Morrison … 26 Oct. 2007

General artificial intelligence has consistently failed. Although the number of problems thought to be general has been chipped away with narrow AI, the problem of generality shows no sign of being reduced.

“At the same time, a theory of the organization of mind has been constructed from empirical data about the nature of learning. This has two systems.

“System one is very slow learning, very fast responding, and can solve some incredibly difficult problems so quickly and definitively they never even appear as problems (example: vision). It’s equivalent to the unconscious mind.

“System two is quick learning, and can follow rules, but is laboriously slow at processing. You use system two if you’re ‘thinking‘ [see system thinking]. It’s equivalent to the conscious mind. (credit: T. Gilovich) … content is paralleled here)

“Hypothesis: AI has failed because every general AI first tries to imitate system two. They try to achieve something that ‘reasons‘. However in the real brain system two is a backwater, a monitoring unit that does not really participate in the main line of computation. A complete emulation of system two would be a very incomplete mind. Non-progress is an illusion. They are successfully achieving the wrong goal.

“Evidence: the problems of Symbolic AI are the same problems as those encountered by a human trying to do general thought with system two. If anything, symbolic AIs are better than humans at doing the wrong job. Both of them bog down on anything complex or where broad swathes of domain knowledge must be taken under consideration. Both are prone to “worrying” (repeated symbolic manipulations that revisit the same few states without developing the problem).

“I propose: general AI should first seek to emulate system one.”

Source: Thinking in Circles

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Newcomb’s commentary: There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. — Niccolo Machiavelli


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