Re: DiscoveryCh - AI

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Mon Jan 22 2001 - 17:00:13 MST

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" <> writes:

> > You mean like us connectionists? :-)
> There are a handful of AI researchers who try to implement biologically
> realistic neural networks and who study computational neurology or
> functional neuroanatomy as a source of ideas. *They* do cool work. The
> rest of them - the "connectionists", I believe they call themselves - are
> still stuck on some Standard Social Sciences Model of the human brain as a
> completely general-reasoning lump of indistinct neuroanatomy; they go into
> boastful raptures about "the same parallel distributed processing networks
> used in the human brain" while attributing classical-AI-like semantics to
> individual tokens in neural networks that an earthworm would sneeze at.

:-) I'm happy I'm not in that group then. As for myself, I'm starting
to realise that I dislike cortex and prefer to study subcortical
modulation systems that control various cortical modules. On the other
hand, my neural networks tend to be so small that the sneezing
earthworms stumble on them :-)

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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