_How_ can we measure the difference between “incomprehensible” and “super-intelligent”

*already* computers generate bytecode that’s improbable/impossible for humans to decode. Computers have been that way from the day of the very first compiler in the early 1950s. [thanks Grace Hopper! awesome lady she was]

So for a computer to be incomprehensible to a human is already here.

Now, can we design a computer more intelligent than us?

That’s where it’s tricky.

_what’s the measuring stick_?

_How_ can we measure the difference between “incomprehensible” and “super-intelligent” – if we’re incapable of being _more intelligent_?

We have to be at a higher level to measure at a lower level. Even when we measure bigger things, it’s thanks to the power of Optiks that things are measurable:

How else does the Universe fit in a 2mm circle in front of our heads?

Even if we designed a chain of less and less comprehendable computers going *upwards* to reach the “super-intelligent” and have them back-translate DOWN to our level… we have no way of verifying their correctness.

No way to measure. No way to know.

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