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[REBOL] A.I. musings

From: kenneth:nwinet at: 8-Jul-2001 22:35

Hi all, I was musing on the use of Rebol to write a network seed A.I. when I came across this link... <Beware there's a big ordinal in the middle> ;-) or the short version... "You know, I don't understand why humans evolved as such thoughtless, shortsighted creatures." "Well, it can't stay that way forever." "You think we'll get smarter?" "That's one of the two possibilities." - Calvin and Hobbes At first blush I'd say the guy is having a bad trip..., but if you can suspend disbelief it did have some food for thought. For 28 years (which I know because I vividly remember the day at the age of 14 the question was put to me) I've felt that we are underestimating the difficulties associated with A.I. (not meaning expert systems or chess players but true A.I. that could pass the turing test.) My scoutmaster (yeah, I was) who happened to be an airforce psychologist was discussing the topic with an airman that felt emphatically that computer intelligence was less than ten years away (1973 - 1983 uh huh.;-) I didn't know it was called the mind-body problem at the time, but that was the issue that cause me to say I didn't expect to see an intelligent computer. Since then I've read "The Emperor's New Mind" - Roger Penrose, who says it better than I ever could. However, that doesn't mean I'm not interested in the research that could lead to byproducts (like expert systems) even if it never arrives at the ultimate goal. Anyway, is anyone out there using rebol in A.I. research? Ken. ...or perhaps seen two many Terminator movies... ...or read "The adolescence of P1" -- which I'm wondering how silly this book sounds since I haven't read it in twenty years (considering how amusing a 5 year old computer magazine seems today.) final note (has anyone noticed that IBM and Intel may both have broken Moore's law recently along two independant lines of development.)