Speaker: Dr. Stephen Omohundro

Dr. Stephen Omohundro, founder and president of Self-Aware Systems, spoke about self-improving systems using the science of microeconomic theory. Using space, time, matter, and free energy resources, AI, like humans, will seek self-improvement and converge on rational agents, a small area of mind space.

While evolution lead to rational agents, it could only act through many generations and existing situations. A self-improving agent can not only adapt to existing situations but also think about situations it has not yet faced. Omohundro provided one possible definition of self-improving systems: devices for converting resources into expected utility.

How can these self-improving agents continue improving? Through efficiency gains, self-preservation, acquisition of resources, and creativity, any one of these can be considered the drive of self-improving agents.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.