On 10/25/2012 4:38 PM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM, Craig Weinberg<whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
Intentionally lying, defying it's programming, committing murder would all
be good indicators. Generally when an error is blamed on the computer itself
rather than the programming, that would be a good sign.
A computer cannot defy its programming but nothing whatsoever can defy
its programming. What you do when you program a computer, at the basic
level, is put its hardware in a particular configuration. The hardware
can then only move into future physical states consistent with that
configuration. "Defying its programming" would mean doing something
*not* consistent with its initial state and the laws of physics.
That's not possible for - and you have explicitly agreed with this,
saying I misunderstood you when I claimed otherwise - either a
computer or a human.
Mine frequently defies the intent of its programmer. :-)
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