Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Jul 2006 22:47 UTC, submitted by Eugenia
Geek stuff, sci-fi... "Artificial intelligence is 50 years old this summer, and while computers can beat the world's best chess players, we still can't get them to think like a 4-year-old. This week in Boston, some of the field's leading practitioners are gathering to examine this most ambitious of computer research fields, which at once has managed to exceed, and fall short of, our grandest expectations."
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RE[3]: The brain is not a CPU.
by Tom Janowitz on Wed 19th Jul 2006 20:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The brain is not a CPU."
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Of course we don't.

I can assure you, that nothing is so sure about it.

If it all happens by chance, then there's no free will by definition.

You said it : "if". How do you know, that you really don't have _any_ influence in what you do, if everything you do contradicts this notion. You always make choices, but the questions is: is it really _you_ who makes the decision, or just laws of physics do it for you. I am inclined to believe, that even though on a basic molecular/subatomic level almost everything seems to be ruled by quantum mechanics i.e. probability, but on a bigger scale it's not that simple anymore. Brain is a much bigger structure, and QM doesn't apply that simply to it (it doesn't domintate it's functioning as a whole). Even the synapses are to big to be directly and relevantly influenced by QM. The question is (again): how is the transfer from the micro world to macro world performed with regards to cognitive processess and ability to think and what is the role of QM in it. I really doubt that I don't have any real control over my actions (not that I couldn't live with such a consiousness).

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