On Aug 6, 11:26 am, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com> wrote: > Why do you assume that people you interact with online, such as me, > aren't just random glitches in the Internet?
Because I have no reason to suspect that they aren't people. On my blog I get spammed with fake users several times a week and I do have to take a deeper look at the content of their blog and make a judgment call as to whether they are bot-generated. Sometimes it takes a while to tell the difference between a real user and a spam user made from an unfamiliar template. Some users are rather mechanical, only posting reblogs of common images and never commenting personally, so they could very well be clever bot templates. I don't understand what all of this debate over how intelligence seems from the outside has to do with how it is experienced from the inside. Here's a thought experiment for the anti-zombie. If I study randomness and learn to impersonate machine randomness perfectly, have I become a machine? Have I lost sentience? Why not? Craig -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.