On Aug 23, 5:58 pm, meekerdb <meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
> 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.

Right. Making one up = not preconfigured. If a machine can make a
coherent identity up for itself with a point of view without having
any templates to choose from, then I would be impressed. Note that
infants making up their own language don't wind up with a mix of
French, Chinese, and Braille. Let a machine tell me what it wants or
how it feels without a programmer telling it how it might answer.


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