On Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM, Roger Clough <rclo...@verizon.net> wrote:
> I was wrong.
> According to my own definition of intelligence-- that it is the
> ability of an entity, having at least some measure of free will,
> to make choices on its own (without outside help)-- a
> computer can have intelligence, and intelligence in no small measure.
> The ability to sort is an example. To give a simple example, a
> computer can sort information, just as Maxwell's Demon could,
> into two bins. Instead of temperature, it could just be a number.
> Numbers larger than A go into one bin, smaller than A go
> into another bin. It does it all on its own, using an "if" statement.
It takes bravery to admit one's own mistakes. However, it surprised me
that it was the sorting of numbers into two bins that changed your mind,
rather than the more impressive feats, such as this:
Perhaps it was that you did not realize computer's make decisions
independently when they evaluate condition statements (such as if
statements), and therefore everything computers did was pre-set by the
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