Today's post, Brain Emulation and Hard Takeoff was originally published on November 22, 2008. A summary:
A project of bots could start an intelligence explosion once it got fast enough to start making bots of the engineers working on it, that would be able to operate at greater than human speed. Such a system could also devise a lot of innovative ways to acquire more resources or capital.
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