Re: Jaron Lanier Got Up My Shnoz on AI

From: John Clark (
Date: Tue Jan 15 2002 - 22:25:28 MST

J. R. Molloy <> Wrote:

> Nobody is going to pay you for the sentience that you claim to have.

You can't have creativity without intelligence and you can't have intelligence
without sentience otherwise evolution would never have invented it, and
you're wrong, somebody does pay me for that.

> Furthermore, you can't even prove that you *are* sentient

But you were the one who said the poetry writing program was
non-sentient, how do you know?

> If it enhances their survival, sentient beings can behave exactly like
> non-sentient beings.

Sure, but non-sentient beings apparently can't act like sentient ones, at
least that's what evolution is telling us.

> Superlative sentience is ended the moment the brain is disturbed
>by thought, which contaminates the purity of awareness.

Then I never want to achieve "superlative sentience", it sounds rather
pedestrian, just like another run of the mill drug induced stupor.

            John K Clark

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