• Question: could a robot be built that can increase its own intelligence?

    Asked by kelseyleightownend to Yee Whye, Valerie, Nick, Mackenzie, Lin, Jun, Jacob, Brian, Anna on 21 Nov 2019.
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      Mackenzie Graham answered on 21 Nov 2019:

      This depends on what we mean by ‘intelligence’. AI can already get better at doing specific tasks (like playing games) by doing it lots and lots of time, and learning from its mistakes. So we could say the AI is increasing its intelligence at this one specific thing. In the future, if an AI is able to set its own goals (to decide for itself what it wants to learn), then it could increase its intelligence in many different ways.