Paper: A.I and Penrose

Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 00:08:09 MST

arXiv: physics/ 0102024 v1 9 Feb 2001
On the Compatibility Between Physics and Intelligent Organisms
John C. Collins,
DESY, NotkestraĦe 85, D-22603 Hamburg, Germany,
and II Institut f. ur Theoretische Physik, Universit. at Hamburg,
Luruper Chaussee 149, D-22761 Hamburg, Germany
9 February 2001

It has been commonly argued, on the basis of Godel's theorem and related
mathematical results, that true artificial intelligence cannot exist. Penrose
has further deduced from the existence of human intelligence that fundamental
changes in physical theories are needed. I provide an elementary
demonstration that these deductions are mistaken. Is real articial
intelligence possible? Are present-day theories of physics suficient for a
reductionist explanation of consciousness?

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