Word of the day: autodidact

Autodidact: a self-taught person

This fellow is a great example of an autodidact: Eliezer Yudkowsky

He dropped out of high school. He taught himself everything.

Today he is one of the world’s leading authorities on Artificial Intelligence, which he taught himself. A few weeks ago he gave a presentation at MIT to over 200 staff and students. Pretty impressive for someone who never finished high school.

Yudkowsky’s interests focus on Artificial Intelligence theory for self-understanding, self-modification, and recursive self-improvement (seed AI), and on artificial-intelligence architectures and decision theories for stable motivational structures (Friendly AI and Coherent Extrapolated Volition in particular). Apart from his research work, Yudkowsky has written explanations of mathematical and philosophical topics in non-academic language, particularly on rationality, such as “An Intuitive Explanation of Bayes’ Theorem”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliezer_Yudkowsky

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