[SEQ RERUN] ...Recursion, Magic

Today's post, ...Recursion, Magic was originally published on 25 November 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


If you have a system that gets better at making itself get better, it will appear to discontinuously advance. Add in the ability of intelligences to accomplish tasks which previous intelligences labeled impossible, and you have the potential for dramatic advancement.

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