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Lawrence Krauss - Future of AI, Physics & Maths

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Published on Nov 18, 2011

Lawrence Krauss interviewed by Steve Omohundro and Adam A. Ford after the Singularity Summit Australia 2011 http://singularitysummit.com.au

It looks impossible to avoid [singularity] - if you can cool things down quite a lot. It is amusing the idea that the universe gives a limit in to intelligence in our human timescale.
Mathmatical complexity is not as much of a constraint to thinking about physics as it used to be (thanks to things like Mathematica).
Will AIs in the future have different understandings of quantum processes?

Eugene Wigner - "The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in describing the physical world".
We had no reason to expect that mathematics would
The playing field of physics has been determined by the symmetries of nature and the symmetries of mathematics - they restrict what is possible and what isn't. It is hard to imagine that that aspect of why mathematics will change after we get machine intelligence. How we frame it and how we explore and explain it in a sense may change dramatically I guess, as may also the questions of interest. So it is hard to know.. so if you ask "if you thought about the world differently what would you know?", "well if I thought about the world differently I would know.". So it is sort of possible to imagine that the kind of questions that are of interest would change - once you know the symmetries of nature, the physics is constrained and its hard for me to imagine that this will change even with [intelligent] machines..

6:40 At the end of one of my books "Hiding in the Mirror" I quote "Vernon Vile" who said "In my work I'm often forced to choose between the true and the beautiful, and when I do, I choose the beautiful". - And that's a luxury the mathematics are allowed that the physicists can't have, the world tells us whats true and whether it is beautiful or not that is not up for us to say.

7:07 Q: "What is your intuition about where quantum gravity is going?" - I have no intuition about it, it is a very difficult nut to crack. We are




"The simplicities of natural laws arise through the complexities of the language we use for their expression." - Eugene Wigner

Melbourne Uni (Low Resolution)- 2011-08-24
Limits to Computational Intelligence in the Universe

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