[SEQ RERUN] Recursive Self-Improvement

by MinibearRex1 min read4th Dec 20122 comments

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Today's post, Recursive Self-Improvement was originally published on 01 December 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

 

When you take a process that is capable of making significant progress developing other processes, and turn it on itself, you should either see it flatline, or FOOM. The likelihood of it doing anything that looks like human-scale progress is unbelievably low.


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