Self-Improving Systems

Self-improving systems are dynamical systems with specified goals that attempt to improve their ability to reach their goals as time passes.

Self-improving systems are often modeled using microeconomics as expected utility maximisers. Such agents may be seen as practicing the art of improving their ability to acquire space, time and resources - and then converting them into utility.

Humans are a type of self-improving system - though their capacity to improve themselves is typically rather limited.

Successful companies are also a type of self-improving system.

Large organisations such as governments - and the entire man-machine civilization - also qualify as being self-improving systems.

Biological self-improving systems may be considered to be maximising god's utility function.

Some of the modern interest surrounding self-improving systems centres on the possibility of building intelligent, artificial self-improving systems.


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