Re: Jaron Lanier Got Up My Shnoz on AI

From: Randall Randall (
Date: Wed Jan 16 2002 - 15:18:22 MST

On Wednesday 16 January 2002 11:35, John Clark wrote:
> Randall Randall <> Wrote:
> >For some things, that's [creativity] a straightforward process,
> >hence computer-generated music, etc.

This quote is wrong. It should be "...things, that's
[deciding what to keep] a straightforward process...".
Creativity itself is mixing information you have to create
new combinations.
> Nothing could be easier than cranking out avantguard music or
> poetry because those "arts" have no rules so it's impossible
> to make a mistake.

It's true that deciding what parts to throw away is easier when
there are fewer rules, or, at least, that no one can say you got it
wrong in such a case.

> Yes, show me a program that can crank out mainstream children's
> stories or even pornography and I'll show you a sentient program.
> I don't demand the stories be particularly good just that the author
> is not suspected of being retarded of psychotic.

I disagree greatly that the act of writing a story requires a person.
I do think it is more likely that a person will write an interesting story.

> >How, exactly, did you learn that animals (which, except
> >
> >for some primates, can't let you know directly) are aware of
> > themselves?
> Nothing can let you know directly they are aware of themselves, so how
> did I know they were conscious? I guessed, just as I guessed that you
> are sentient and that I am not the only conscious being in the universe.

But since they aren't providing the cues that I am (e.g., they aren't
holding conversations about conversations with you), I'd like to know
what evidence you have that they really are aware of themselves in
a way that, for instance, a rock isn't.

> > Response is not self-awareness.
> I strongly disagree.

Are you prepared to assert the self-awareness of a plant that
turns its leaves toward light? It's having a chemical and physical
response to its surroundings.

Randall Randall <>
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