Re: Jaron Lanier Got Up My Shnoz on AI

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Sun Jan 20 2002 - 16:59:47 MST

From: "Colin Hales" <>
> I was hoping that in important area (for me, in a practical
> sense)they could be disentangled. (ie circularity backed off a couple of
> dozen layers

Dictionaries really only work when we already have some direct experience
with some of the objects and processes being defined. That's why it makes no
sense to try to teach a computer to think by supplying nothing more than
language, syntax, and raw data.

> "Man with two watches does not know what time it is"_
> (Get Smart, circa 196x) :-)

"Does anybody really know what time it is?
Does anybody really care?"

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as the scientific method
accurately identifies incorrect thinking.

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