Jürgen Schmidhuber's motivation

How to Build an Optimal Scientist?

For several years, Schmidhuber's brother Christof (a theoretical physicist @ Munich, Caltech, Princeton, Bern, CERN) lived next door to Einstein's former apartment in Bern, Switzerland.

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First Schmidhuber will build a scientist better than himself (his colleagues claim that should be easy) who will then do the remaining work.

He cannot see any more efficient way of using and multiplying the little creativity he has got.

This already motivated his diploma thesis on metalearning and recursive self-improvement (1987), where he applied Genetic Programming (GP) to itself, to recursively evolve better GP methods.

This also motivated his work on the Gödel machine (since 2003), which formalizes I. J. Good's informal remarks (1965) on an "intelligence explosion" through self-improving "super-intelligences".

Compare CIO article on Schmidhuber's work (The ideal scientist, 6/2/04, 5 pages, in German).

See also the interviews in HPlus Magazine (1/5/2010): Build An Optimal Scientist, Then Retire, and in The Next Big Future (1/18/2011)

Einstein once said:

Ich habe wenig Geduld mit Wissenschaftlern, die sich ein Brett suchen und an der dünnsten Stelle zu bohren anfangen.

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