James Rogers wrote:
> You would quite obviously be correct about the tractability if someone
> actually tried to brute force the entire algorithm space in L.  The
> knowability factor means that we don't always (hardly ever?) get the
> best algorithm, but it learns and adapts very fast and this
> automatically sieves the L-space into something very tractable.

Any estimates of the average error incurred by searching only the locally
knowable space instead of the whole space?

> Actually, this situation is a little different. I've dabbled in the
> commercial aspects for some time but always pulled back because I
> decided that I wasn't ready.  This is actually the real deal
> business-wise and relatively recent, not yet at its first birthday.

Well, congratulations!!

> Contrary to some rumors, there are a lot of very smart and
> forward-thinking venture funding types in Silicon Valley in addition to
> the usual business school idiots.  Some of them can even talk about
> algorithmic information theory (the theoretical basis of our technology)
> at a shallow level without getting a "deer in the headlights" look.

There are indeed some very smart VC's out there -- and not only in Silicon
Valley.

However, I think you'll agree that they are definitely in the minority!

> As you mention, it is pretty hard to get proper funding for anything
> relating to AGI, especially when it is pretty early in the R&D stage.
> I've actually been working on this AGI technology since the mid-90's,
> though originally I only got involved at all trying to solve a
> particularly difficult adaptive optimization problem for a client. It
> has been essentially self-funded to this point, and it took me a long
> time to develop it to the point where I felt the technology could be
> sold in a marketplace that has a very jaded and skeptical view of "AI".
>
> I'm also an investor/instigator in another venture which has done very
> well and generally made full-funding of the AGI venture fairly certain
> regardless.  Patience, hard work, and all of that; I planned to make
> this happen one way or another. :-)

Well, it all sounds very interesting, and it's really too bad you're not at
this point in a position to share the scientific details with the rest of
us....

Without either

a) the scientific details, or
b) an impressive AGI demonstration to play with

it's obviously not possible for me to intelligently assess how close I think
you are to really cracking the AGI problem...

-- Ben

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