Re: High Technology of the Future

From: Ross A. Finlayson (
Date: Thu Jan 04 2001 - 15:03:46 MST

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:

> wrote:
> >
> > Technology defines humanity. If you describe a human with no technology then
> > youre not describing a human. I'd say the change has been immense and
> > ongoing..
> This is simply not true. A human is a human brain. A human is a human
> cognitive architecture. We may have evolved in the presence of fur
> clothing and flint axes, but take away even that, and the brain remains
> the same.
> -- -- -- -- --
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

The brain then was physiologically different. It is one thing to apply a black box
methodology to the brain, or review behavior, describing its immense complexity
explicitly would be complex, to be redundant.

So, the naked brain is the sum result of the physiology and the sensory input, and
other less effective factors, perhaps less easily translated outside of a working
human body. Something metaphysical would not be about that.


Ross Andrew Finlayson
Finlayson Consulting
Ross at Tiki-Lounge:
"The best mathematician in the world is Maplev in Ontario."  - Pertti L.

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Mon May 28 2001 - 09:56:16 MDT