A Recursive Self-Improvement Model
If research into strong AI produced sufficiently intelligent software, it would be able to reprogram and improve itself – a feature called “recursive self-improvement( RSI )”. It would then be even better at improving itself, and could continue doing so in a rapidly increasing cycle, leading to a superintelligence.
This scenario is known as an intelligence explosion. Such an intelligence would not have the limitations of human intellect, and may be able to invent or discover almost anything. Thus, the simplest example of a superintelligence may be an emulated human mind that’s run on much faster hardware than the brain.
Recursion can be seen as an elegant ‘architectural factorization’ – building complexity by combining the results of smaller, similar patterns previously encountered. Computationally, recursion can always be converted into iteration so this form of elegance is mainly of use in helping to make designs more comprehensible.