Re: Protean Self-Transformation

Tue, 1 Apr 1997 17:53:19 -0500 (EST)

In a message dated 97-04-01 16:29:43 EST, you write:

> It just does
> > it. There is no way I could scare my computer, there is no way I could
> > anger my computer, there is no way I could embarass my computer, there
> > is no way I can give my computer pleasure or pain, no matter what data I
> > send it or in what fashion I handle it. How is this so difficult to
> > understand?
> Only because you are only existing in the now. You automatically assume
> because your computer is not programmed to do these things now, that it
> will never be programmed to do these things. There is your error.

I do not see where he says this. Sounds like he is saying it isn't happening
now, and he sees no evidence that you or anyone else has found a way to make
a computer have emotions. It is not a matter of saying it if is POSSIBLE, it
is how is it to be implemented. And whether our own cognitive brain functions
are understood well enough to speculate or build upon this knowledge.

I am still waiting to hear how the installation of emotion into computers
will occur.
I see it 100% desirable if we are to have cognitively functional machines.