Re: Protean Self-Transformation

Hara Ra (
Mon, 07 Apr 1997 00:35:54 -0700

Gregory Houston wrote:

> Artificial Emotion Program:
> IF x occurs THEN run fear subroutine
> fear subroutine:
> PLAY scream.wav audio file
> DISPLAY ominous.jpg image file
> Is that an emotion!?! When exactly did the computer feel an emotion?

Searlesiously, now, folks, is there a Zombie in your computer's Chinese

Emotions are signals which have evolved prior to the development of
language. Biology works by modifying and adding capabilities, so we have
both language and emotion. If the computer mentioned above had a
convincingly detailed avatar, I would experience it as an entity
expressing emotion if I were visiting it via a suitable VR. I don't know
if you have or experience qualia, but my experience is that you say

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