Re: Emulation vs. Simulation

From: Emlyn (
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 22:53:09 MST

James Rogers writes:
> At 07:35 AM 3/28/2001 +0930, Emlyn wrote:
> >Too true... if you start using heuristics to chop out chunks of the
> >you move back toward an imperative algorithm for consciousness, which
> >undermines your argument. The argument concerned a pure lookup table,
> >did not have any iterative processing involved...
> The "lookup table", as it is being used here, is a perfectly optimal and
> correct model, but useless because it requires mind-boggling quantities of
> memory. (Actually, "lookup table" has been poorly defined thus far; I
> don't think everyone is using it the same way.) Writing heuristics to
> replace sections of the table is a sub-optimal solution (provably so) and
> would have serious consequences if implemented on a broad scale.
> -James Rogers

I think people are only suggesting it as a thought experiment (would it be
conscious?), not as a desirable implementation.

Emlyn James O'Regan - Managing Director
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