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So this is pretty fancy ay?
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deadcarp    Posted 08-19-2004 at 01:58:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
As we know them, computers are excellent toolboxes - true they can contain almost anything. BUT they are lousy machines in that they still can't think. They know black from white but don't assign values to them. Poems are no more important than profanity. They have no more respect for a washerwoman than a washer. They can only respond accurately to yes/no type questions. A binary bit either has a charge or not so there's no maybe position between plus/minus.

Until we can design one like that, we're stuck stumbling along with a crude contraption that can only simulate reason in an if/then fashion. But this is not the puter's fault, it's the tools inside. And the tools come from us. And we're only able to imagine based on what we've encountered before (einstein and hawking included) and if you review human history you'll agree that's a pretty primitive, crude, bigotted, narrow earthbound base.

I've said it before - we need newer math. One that can quantify love, one that points toward one answer because it IS better than the other. A math with preferences. A computer can't give us that because it can't assign relevance so it doesn't despair, it isn't aware of the problem. But we can do other things the puter can't - we can hope. We can plan. We can dream. We can imagine. I can't imagine anything fancier than that. :)


DD    Posted 08-19-2004 at 05:20:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well said Deadcarp : )


Grove r    Posted 08-19-2004 at 08:04:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Like your treatise, DC.....you mentioned the name Hawking...is Edward doing alright?? haven't seen mention of him for quite some time, last view of him was nearly without motor skills, but the mind was, I suspect, fully functional. come back. have a gooder, R.E.L.


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