Re: Jaron Lanier Got Up My Shnoz on AI

From: John Clark (
Date: Fri Jan 18 2002 - 11:12:10 MST

  Steve Nichols Wrote:

>the synapses can rewire (in hardware, infinite-state!)

  And the Internet rewires itself every millisecond, but neither is a
  infinite- state machine. Infinite does not mean very big, the two
  terms have nothing to do with each other.

>what structures in the brain resemble anything like CPU or RAM chips?

  A modern CPU does not look anything like a Abacus, but it can
  emulate one.
>What about hidden units????????

  Yea, how about those hidden units!

>All serial computers can do is model
>or simulate mpd function ... the lock-step mechanism cannot be replicated
>exactly in serial because in parallel all nodes are updated AT ONCE,

  Two questions:

  1) What problem can be solved by a parallel computer but can not
      in principle be solved by a very fast serial computer ?

  2) is there any reason to think that an AI would have to run on a serial computer?

>All you can get from improved serial is more speed

  Besides that Mrs. Lincoln how did you like the play?

>My old z80 is slower by a magnitude than a P4, but is not a jot more
>or less sentient!

  You seem very sure, how did you find out?

      John K Clark


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