On Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 7:58 AM, Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote:
>> Then shouldn't a powerful computer be able to quickly deduce the winning
>> Arimaa mappings?
> You're making the same mistake as John Clark, confusing the physical
> computer with the algorithm. Powerful computers don't help us if we don't
> have the right algorithm. The central mystery of AI, in my opinion, is why
> on earth haven't we found a general learning algorithm yet. Either it's too
> complex for our monkey brains, or you're right that computation is not the
> whole story. I believe in the former, but not I'm not sure, of course.
> Notice that I'm talking about generic intelligence, not consciousness,
> which I strongly believe to be two distinct phenomena.

Another point toward Telmo's suspicion that learning is complex:

If learning and thinking intelligently at a human level were
computationally easy, biology wouldn't have evolved to use trillions of
synapses.  The brain is very expensive metabolically (using 20 - 25% of the
total body's energy, about 100 Watts).  If so many neurons were not needed
to do what we do, natural selection would have selected those humans with
fewer neurons and reduced food requirements.


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