Craig, you know more about the 'IBM-Synapse' achievement than myself (easy: I know nothing, did not even thopughtfully decipher the article in all its details). I would ask IBM (they may not reply of course) if their machine (chip?) can solve ANY technical problem barred by unsurmountable difficulties to a - not only reasonable - but to a BETTER result than expected? An examp[le from my past (and this is not boasting, it is an example how human creativity could win over the "power of poverty". In Commi Hungary the pharmceutical researchers wnted ion exchange resins for a process to extract streptomycin from its broth. They did not have the foreign currency to buy it, so they came to me (project Ion Exchange in the polymer Research Inst.) to make such for them. I needed the cross-linking agent (di-vinyl-benzene) to make the polymer and, of course I did not get the foreign currency for it either. So I went to the Organic Chem. pilot plant for styrene (Mono-vinyl-benzene) if they have some side-product I could use. They had a distillation residue, a dark goo and stated that it contains 15-25% of the stuff. Iff... I had no facilities to extract it, so I decided the peasant-way: put the entire goo into my mixture tp be polymerized and hoped that after cleaning out all dirt from the resulting (cross-linked) polymer it will show usability. After lots of cleaning I got seemingly OK bead-polymeers, which after further treatment went into strepto-testing. That's when the Heureka broke out: my dirty product bound several times more of the antibiotic than the World Market products. The rest was routine: reproductions, changing parameters and applying for the patents. Does the machine-brain go after such series of hurdles and evaluate what can be done? Does it stay within the limits and reduce the events to their applicability? This was one example without rules and systems, no calculations, only circumventing the obstacles untold.
John M On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote: > http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-14574747 > > Looks like we may be finding out sooner rather than later whether > there is more to the psyche than networking logic. > > -- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Everything List" group. > To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. > 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. > > -- 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.