Imitative. Compare boom.
- The sound of a muffled explosion.
- 1983, Richard Bach, Biplane:
- And FOOM-FOOM! the two engines burst together into life...
- 2000, James Bradley, Ron Powers, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima:
- Those flat-trajectory shells would skim straight in, making a roaring sound in the dark: Foom! Foom! Foom!
- 2007, Warren Murphy, James Mullaney, The New Destroyer: Guardian Angel:
- A soft, distant foom. The lights blinked, then faded. Foom-foom-foom! Explosions, one after another, rocked the tunnel.
foom (plural fooms)
- A sudden increase in artificial intelligence such that an AI system becomes extremely powerful.
- 2013, Brian Tomasik, International Cooperation vs. AI Arms Race, page 2:
- There are some scenarios in which private AI research wouldn't be nationalized: •An unexpected AI foom before anyone realizes what was coming.
- 2016, Robin Hanson, The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth, →ISBN:
- Some advocates of this foom scenario say that there is an as-yet-undiscovered but very powerful set of related architectural innovations for AI system design, a set that one team could find first and then keep secret from others for long enough.
- 2018, Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, →ISBN:
- Though the programs will surely get better, there are no signs of foom.
- To exhibit an AI foom.
- 2013, Robin Hanson, Eliezer Yudkowsky, The Hanson-Yudkowsky AI-Foom Debate, page 216:
- The reason an AI can foom so much faster than its society is that an AI can change its basic mental architecture,and humans can’t.
Middle English Edit
- Alternative form of