Re: [OPE] Digital investor worlds

From: Michael Webber <>
Date: Sun Jan 16 2011 - 20:10:04 EST

thanks for this, juriaan: very interesting. of course, this is not an
example of an answer to mandel's question, for this system of
interacting algorithms is producing unanticipated effects (emergent
properties of complex, dynamic systems) but not new algorithms (yet!).

On 17 January 2011 11:09, Jurriaan Bendien <> wrote:
> In 1984, Ernest Mandel gave me a paper to read in which, among other things,
> he noted:
> "There remains one unanswered question, a question which Marxists have not
> taken up till now because it was not posed before humanity. But after
> dwelling for decades in the realm of science fiction and futurology, this
> question has now been brought to the threshold of the materially
> conceivable, as a result of the huge leaps forward of applied science and
> technology in the last decade: could human labour construct machines which
> could escape the control of humanity, become completely autonomous of men
> and women, i.e. intelligent machines, and machines with a potential to rebel
> against their original creator? After a certain point, would robots start to
> build robots without human instructions (without programming), even robots
> inconceivable to humanity and largely superior to them from the point of
> view of intelligence?"
> Just now, my friend Julio Huato referred me to an article which sheds new
> light on this:
> Jurriaan
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