I. J. Good quotes

  • Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an intelligence explosion and the intelligence of man would be left behind. Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man ever need make.
    -- I. J. Good

    #Clever #Men #Design

  • There may be occasions when it is best to behave irrationally, but whether there are should be decided rationally.
    -- I. J. Good

    #May #Should #Behave

  • The subjectivist states his judgements, whereas the objectivist sweeps them under the carpet by calling assumptions knowledge, and he basks in the glorious objectivity of science.
    -- I. J. Good

    #Objectivity #Judgement #Calling

  • When discussing complex systems like brains and other societies, it is easy to oversimplify: I call this Occam's lobotomy.
    -- I. J. Good

    #Simplicity #Brain #Lobotomy

  • I discovered that the most dangerous mask is the one worn by intelligent people because they are clever at their disguise.

  • He (Jeremy Clarkson) is the last man standing on the beach commanding the glaciers' melt waters to go back

  • We always knew how to honor fallen soldiers. They were killed for our sake, they went out on our mission. But how are we to mourn a random man killed in a terrorist attack while sitting in a cafe? How do you mourn a housewife who got on a bus and never returned?

  • Ambition often puts Men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same position with creeping.

  • Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think.

  • Design should do the same thing in everyday life that art does when encountered: amaze us, scare us or delight us, but certainly open us to new worlds within our daily existence.

  • The other big factor in building trust quickly is site design quality. Mint.com has one of the best graphic designers ever (Jason Putorti) - he cares about every pixel, all the fonts, all the transparencies and effects. And that shows instantly. People do make judgments of trust on appearance - in the real world and online.

  • I would like to mention that I have flown the 262 first in May ‘43. At this time, the aircraft was completely secret. I first knew of the existence of this aircraft only early in ‘42 - even in my position. This aircraft didn’t have any priority in design or production.

  • The designs we see in nature are not the result of chance. They rise naturally, spontaneously, because they enhance access to flow…

  • No design works unless it embodies ideas that are held common by the people for whom the object is intended.