> In this way of looking at the setup, the intelligence and > consciousness of the AI reside soley in the counting clock. The > Humongous table is simply a translation device that maps the clock's > representation to your representation.
How about we pick a straightforward implementation of the ticking clock (an oscillator circuit, maybe) and a straightforward implementation of the lookup table (an exabyte version of a CDROM, for example). Then, we observe that the smallest computer program that models the behavior of the clock is quite short, while the smallest computer program that models the behavior of the (presumably compressed) table contains about the same number of bits as the table - quite a few. At this point we might think twice about calling the clock intelligent and the table just a translator. John Regehr