Craig, you said earlier "I don't really see how different levels could
exist in comp." My reply was not to say that Steve will be successful
(even if fwiw I believe he will), rather just to point out how
different levels could exist in comp. Are you saying you can't even
conceive of how Steve could make that happen?
On Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 10:32 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jan 1, 8:29 am, Terren Suydam <terren.suy...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Steve Grand's latest project, an artificial-life game called Grandroids,
>> does just that. The bottom layer (substitution level) is an artificial
>> chemistry and biology, including analogues to dna, metabolism, cells
>> (including neurons of course), hormones, and so on. He's concentrating on
>> building a very robust and dynamic set of base components that will be
>> assembled from the dna in ways that result in an artificial animal... an
>> animal that has no behaviors programmed in by Steve or anyone else.
>> Whatever it does will be completely emergent.
>> He's still building it, so a lot of stuff has to be proved out, but if all
>> goes right, these animals will display coherent, apparently goal-directed
>> behaviors in such a way that the most parsimonious explanation of what's
>> happening is that a new layer of "psychology" has emerged from the
>> computational substrate.
>> Even if Steve fails, it is at least possible in principle to see how that
>> could happen.
>> Happy new year!
> If Steve fails, it will also be possible to see how that principle
> falls short in reality and bring functionalism to it's inevitable dead
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