On 9/25/2012 12:24 PM, William R. Buckley wrote:
> l...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Roger Clough
> Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 5:26 AM
> To: everything-list
> Subject: Can a computer make independent choices ?
> Hi Stephen P. King
> I don't deny that a computer can optimize itself,
> but I deny that the operation is autonomous,
> meaning independent, for ultimately it is software
> dependent, using a program written by an outsider.
> True intelligence and true consciousness must be
> to whatever extent possible independent of outside
> help or perspective.
Which just means the learned component of behavior should be big compared to the built-in
component. Just as we don't think of animals as intelligent when they simply follow
instincts but we do think them intelligent when they learn things.
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