On 07 Sep 2011, at 21:04, meekerdb wrote:
On 9/7/2011 7:36 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
That seems to me to be a gratuitous affirmation. Even today
computers inherit from a long history, and they evolve quickly
(with or despite humans, that is not entirely clear: today the
humans do not want intelligent machines. I am not sure they even
want intelligent children; intelligence is always a threat for
We want children who are a little smarter than us and so can answer
the questions that have troubled us. Remember Feynman's account of
how, after he had gotten his PhD, his father asked him a question
about electrons. Feynman sadly recalls that he wasn't able to
answer it in a way his father could understand.
I was thinking more about the constant decrease in the math curriculum
at school, or thing like the lasting prohibition which illustrate
terribly the lack of teaching in elementary math and logic.
Look at the comment on this game, near this page. Play the game first.
It is quite revealing:
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