[SEQ RERUN] Recognizing Intelligence

To­day’s post, Rec­og­niz­ing In­tel­li­gence was origi­nally pub­lished on 07 Novem­ber 2008. A sum­mary (taken from the LW wiki):

Sup­pose we landed on an­other planet and found a large metal ob­ject that con­tained wires made of su­per­con­duc­tors, and hun­dreds of tightly matched gears. Would we be able to in­fer the pres­ence of an op­ti­miza­tion pro­cess?

Dis­cuss the post here (rather than in the com­ments to the origi­nal post).

This post is part of the Rerun­ning the Se­quences se­ries, where we’ll be go­ing through Eliezer Yud­kowsky’s old posts in or­der so that peo­ple who are in­ter­ested can (re-)read and dis­cuss them. The pre­vi­ous post was Back Up and Ask Whether, Not Why, and you can use the se­quence_re­runs tag or rss feed to fol­low the rest of the se­ries.

Se­quence re­runs are a com­mu­nity-driven effort. You can par­ti­ci­pate by re-read­ing the se­quence post, dis­cussing it here, post­ing the next day’s se­quence re­runs post, or sum­ma­riz­ing forth­com­ing ar­ti­cles on the wiki. Go here for more de­tails, or to have meta dis­cus­sions about the Rerun­ning the Se­quences se­ries.