[SEQ RERUN] Recognizing Intelligence

by MinibearRex 1 min read17th Oct 20129 comments

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Today's post, Recognizing Intelligence was originally published on 07 November 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

 

Suppose we landed on another planet and found a large metal object that contained wires made of superconductors, and hundreds of tightly matched gears. Would we be able to infer the presence of an optimization process?


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