Re: Superintelligence Software

Randall R Randall (
Sat, 8 Aug 1998 02:52:57 -0400

On Fri, 7 Aug 1998 12:13:31 -0600 Brent Allsop <> writes:

> I can look at a green thing. I represent this with a green
>qualia in my brain or mind.

What do you mean by "qualia"?

>I then look at something that reflects
>700 nm light and represent this with a very different red quale. I
>can tell you what color it is. There is not a lot of computation
>going on in such a trivial process and knowledge representation. No
>complex software of any kind is required.

Hm. This isn't at all obvious; after all, you might not be aware of most of the computation that your brain does.

>Indeed, simple color
>detecting machines at local paint stores do a much better job than we
>do at this. But, the key to our inteligence, is the powerful and
>phenomenal nature of the red quale or sensation we use to represent
>700 nm light as apposed to the absract, near meaningless way the color
>detecting machine represents it.

I don't understand what the difference here is.


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