The Singularity ’08 summit is well on its way, and to get ready for it, I am re-publishing selected videos from last year’s event. I hope that, if you are new to the concepts being discussed on this blog, these will entice you to join us at the event. If you are more familiar, but haven’t seen these, you should. For more videos from this conference (and others), visit the Singularity Institute.
Eliezer Yudkowsky, one of the world’s foremost researchers on AGI Friendly AI and recursive self-improvement presents three different schools of thought on the Singularity. Eliezer has created the Friendly AI approach to AGI, which emphasizes the importance of the structure of an ethical optimization process and its supergoal, in contrast to the common trend of seeking the right fixed enumeration of ethical rules a moral agent should follow. At the 2007 Singularity Summit, he introduced three schools of thought currently associated with the word “Singularity,” their core arguments and bolder conjectures, while noting where they support or contradict each other.