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You can build in curiosity. It's not a motivation in the hormonal or DNA-based sense, but it would be just as compelling, as long as it wasn't removed, or self-edited.

Software so far is fundamentally different to biology, because it's easy to build in the behaviours you want. Once you build them in, they stay there.

E.g. Roomba vacuum cleaners are pre-motivated to seek a power source when they're running out. Segways are pre-motivated not to tip over if they possibly can. Etc.

Since we don't have a working model of a full AI, no one knows whether it would work the same way, or whether it would self-edit for clarity and straightforwardness, or whether it would melt down if given contradictory imperatives.

But it's unlikely basic motivation would be an issue. And curiosity could easily be made a basic motivation.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 09:47:20 AM EST
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