Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Computer Philosophy

It occurred to me yesterday that one of the reasons that it is so difficult to create a computer with artificial intelligence is that the people doing so believe there is some other kind. Once you realize that humans don't have "intelligence" that is connected in any way to the real world, you can rethink the concept of what it means to set up a model of the world and respond to the model, rather than the real thing. If the physical connections to the servos of the machine happen to go where the real universe works out for them, then you suddenly have the nearest thing to human intelligence that can be created: the illusion that your machine did something on purpose.

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Slow down. Be nice. It's probably not worth it.