On the Origin of Samples: Attribution of Output to a Particular Algorithm

Abstract

With unprecedented advances in genetic engineering we are starting to see progressively more original examples of synthetic life. As such organisms become more common it is desirable to be able to distinguish between natural and artificial life forms. In this paper, we present this challenge as a generalized version of Darwin’s original problem, which he so brilliantly addressed in On the Origin of Species. After formalizing the problem of determining origin of samples we demonstrate that the problem is in fact unsolvable, in the general case, if computational resources of considered originator algorithms have not been limited and priors for such algorithms are known to be equal. Our results should be of interest to astrobiologists and scientists interested in producing a more complete theory of life, as well as to AI-Safety researchers.

DOI: 10.1088/0031-8949/92/1/013002

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@article{Yampolskiy2016OnTO, title={On the Origin of Samples: Attribution of Output to a Particular Algorithm}, author={Roman V. Yampolskiy}, journal={CoRR}, year={2016}, volume={abs/1608.06172} }