Foul ups in brain functioning = Creativity? (was: HUMOR: schoolchildren on science)

Omega (
Mon, 27 Jan 1997 14:59:30 -0800


> [Saith Anders Sandberg:]
> > Might be worth trying. One could imagine an AI with a "randomness" level
> > it could adjust...
> It's called a "computational temperature" and Copycat uses it - in a
> controlled fashion - to good effect. See Hofstadter's "Fluid Concepts
> and Creative Analogies". I feel that a "computational temperature" is
> almost exactly the analogue of a human emotion... in a non-goal-oriented
> architecture, at that.

I can see why "randomness" might be called "computational temperature"
but I don't follow the logic that leads this to be equated with human
emotion, after all, emotion doesn't seem random enough to view this
way. Could you elaborate on this? Does the book you mention go into

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