On 10 August 2010 16:44, Ben Goertzel <b...@goertzel.org> wrote:
> 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...

Probably if I was going to apply AI in a medical context I'd
prioritize those conditions which are both common and either fatal or
have a severe impact on quality of life.  Also worthwhile would be
using AI to try to discover drugs which have an equivalent effect to
existing known ones but can be manufactured at a significantly lower
cost, such that they are brought within the means of a larger fraction
of the population.  Investigating aging is perfectly legitimate, but
if you're trying to maximize your personal utility I'd regard it as a
low priority compared to other more urgent medical issues which cause
premature deaths.

Also in the endeavor to extend life we need not focus entirely upon
medical aspects.  The organizational problems of delivering known
medications on a large scale is also a problem which AI could perhaps
be used to optimize.  The way in which things like this are currently
organized seems to be based upon some combination of tradition and
intuitive hunches, so there may be low hanging fruit to be obtained
here.  For example, if an epidemic breaks out, why should you
vaccinate first?  If you have access to a social graph (from Facebook,
or wherever) it's probably possible to calculate an optimal strategy.

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