November 15 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Technology Year: General Rating: 7 Hot
Live-blogging from Convergence 2008.
Moderator Jonas Lamis just asked the distinguished AI Panel what they would advise the new Obama administration to do if, by chance, each was appointed national CTO?
Google’s Peter Norvig: First advice, “Don’t choose me.” (Audience laughs.) Most important advice is to do what the President-Elect is already doing. #1: Believe in reality. The next thing is to invest in R&D. It’s important to re-establish the United States as a leader there. We’ve slipped over the last 8 years or so interms of funding research.
Steve Omohundro: Imprtant to use tech to make better decisions in our society. This is a huge opportunity for aggregating beliefs and desires of voters. Through semantic consensus we could better express nuances. The bailout is the perfect example – 99 to 1 against bailout, ended up passing it. Morphing as we speak… Potential pathways as we move to the future – now a smattering of diff orgs – better to have country-wide analysis of this future pathway.
Ben Goertzel of SIAI:
Basic message: it’s insane to put a trillion dollars into corrupt banks and auto makers. If we want to inject – put half trillion into ai, nanotech, … invest in private enterprise, with a time scale… large amts in… understanding payoff’s in 20 30 yrs … don’t see obama or anyone thinking in those terms.. .too bad there isn’t singularitarian ethos … governing stimuli injecting in economy
Barney Pell of Powerset: Reestablishing leadership in R&D, education, real challenge with educating future leaders, tremendous opps, transforming nature of discourse, gov is run, people elected with 200 yr old tech… these things should change – ability to transform a lot. Specific r and d, aging, treat these symptoms of aging instead of causes of aging as disease. Energy, nanotech, invest in its apps, cross manufacturing and miniaturization, create more and use less energy.