I'm writing an article on the topic for H+ Magazine, which will appear in
the next couple weeks ... I'll post a link to it when it appears

I'm not advocating applying AI in the absence of new experiments of course.
I've been working closely with Genescient, applying AI tech to analyze the
genomics of their long-lived superflies, so part of my message is about the
virtuous cycle achievable via synergizing AI data analysis with
carefully-designed experimental evolution of model organisms...

-- Ben

On Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 7:25 AM, Steve Richfield

> Ben,
> On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 1:07 PM, Ben Goertzel <b...@goertzel.org> wrote:
>> I'm speaking there, on Ai applied to life extension; and participating in
>> a panel discussion on narrow vs. general AI...
>> Having some interest, expertise, and experience in both areas, I find it
> hard to imagine much interplay at all.
> The present challenge is wrapped up in a lack of basic information,
> resulting from insufficient funds to do the needed experiments.
> Extrapolations have already gone WAY beyond the data, and new methods to
> push extrapolations even further wouldn't be worth nearly as much as just a
> little more hard data.
> Just look at Aubrey's long list of aging mechanisms. We don't now even know
> which predominate, or which cause others. Further, there are new candidates
> arising every year, e.g. Burzynski's theory that most aging is secondary to
> methylation of DNA receptor sites, or my theory that Aubrey's entire list
> could be explained by people dropping their body temperatures later in life.
> There are LOTS of other theories, and without experimental results, there is
> absolutely no way, AI or not, to sort the wheat from the chaff.
> Note that one of the front runners, the cosmic ray theory, could easily be
> tested by simply raising some mice in deep tunnels. This is high-school
> level stuff, yet with NO significant funding for aging research, it remains
> undone.
> Note my prior posting explaining my inability even to find a source of
> "used" mice for kids to use in high-school anti-aging experiments, all while
> university labs are now killing their vast numbers of such mice. So long as
> things remain THIS broken, anything that isn't part of the solution simply
> becomes a part of the very big problem, AIs included.
> The best that an AI could seemingly do is to pronounce "Fund and facilitate
> basic aging research" and then suspend execution pending an interrupt
> indicating that the needed experiments have been done.
> Could you provide some hint as to where you are going with this?
> Steve
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Ben Goertzel, PhD
CEO, Novamente LLC and Biomind LLC
CTO, Genescient Corp
Vice Chairman, Humanity+
Advisor, Singularity University and Singularity Institute
External Research Professor, Xiamen University, China

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to give everything its due, two times two makes five is sometimes a very
charming thing too." -- Fyodor Dostoevsky

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