On Jul 11, 4:48 am, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> This philosophy has already shown great success for anything that stores,
> transmits or processes information. Data can be stored as magnetic poles on
> hard drives and tape, different levels of reflectivity on CDs and DVDs, as
> charges of electrons in flash memory, etc. Data can be sent as vibrations
> in the air, electric fields in wires, photons in glass fibers, or ions
> between nerve cells. Data can be processed by electromechanical machines,
> vacuum tubes, transistors, or biological neural networks. These different
> technologies can be meshed together without causing any problem. You can
> have packets sent over a copper wire in an Ethernet cable, and then be
> bridged to a fiber optic connection and represented as groups of photons,
> and then translated again to vibrations in the air, and then after being
> received by a cochlea, transmitted as releases of ions between nerve cells.
> Data can be copied from the flash memory in a digital camera, to a hard
> drive in a computer, and then encoded into a persons brain by way of a
> monitor. To believe in the impossibility of an artificial brain is to
> believe there is some form of information which can only be transmitted by
> neurons, or some computation performed by neurons which cannot be reproduced
> by any other substrate.
Not necessarily. It could just be a disbelief in artificial qualia.
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