On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 9:26 PM, Lawrence Crowell < goldenfieldquaterni...@gmail.com> wrote:
*> Computers such as AlphaGo have complex algorithms for taking the rules > of a game like chess and running through long Markov chains of game events > to increase their data base for playing the game.* > That won't work. No computer could examine every possible move in the game GO because there are 2.09*10^170 of them and there are only 10^80 atoms in the observable universe ; and yet in just 24 hours it taught itself to be, not just a little better but vastly better than an y human being at the game , it easily beat the computer that beat the world's best human GO player . And it wasn't a specialized program, it did the same thing with Chess and sever other games. The most amazing thing of all is that humans didn't teach it to do any of this, it taught itself, all it started out knowing is which moves were legal and which were not. That's it. And besides, explaining why something is smart does not make it one bit less smart. > > *> There is not really anything about "knowing something" going on here.* > Call me crazy but I think word should have meaning. If you're right and the computer does not "know something" then whatever "knowing something" means (assuming it means anything at all) it has no virtue because human s , who "know something" , behave stupider than a computer that "known nothing". > > > There is a lot of hype over AI these days, but I suspect a lot of this is > meant to beguile people. > You seem to believe that humans and the meat they are made of have some special mystical something than computers and the microchips they are made of can never have. I disagree, I think the idea of a soul is superstitious nonsense. John K Clark -- 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 email@example.com. Visit this group at https://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.