On 8/23/2011 2:13 PM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
The basic difference is the ability to feel. Literally proving it
would require a brain implant that remotes to the device, but I would
be very impressed if a machine could convincingly answer personal
questions like 'what do you want', or 'what's bothering you'. If they
could continue to converse fluently about those answers and reveal a
coherent personality which was not preconfigured in the software.


"Not preconfigured in software" sounds like an escape clause. Your use of speech was preconfigured in the software of your brain. All infants learns to speak the language they hear - and if they don't hear any they make one up.

Brent

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