Because the article is consistent with my view that there is a fundamental difference between quantitative tasks and aesthetic awareness. If there were no difference, then I would expect that the problems that supermarket computers would have would not be related to its unconsciousness, but to unreliability or even willfulness developing. Why isn't the story "Automated cashiers have begun throwing temper tantrums at some locations which are contagious to certain smart phones that now become upset in sympathy...we had anticipated this, but not so soon, yadda yadda"? I think it's pretty clear why. For the same reason that all machines will always fall short of authentic personality and sensitivity. Craig -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.