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[5]: The brain is not a CPU.
by Tom Janowitz on Wed 19th Jul 2006 23:12 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: The brain is not a CPU."
Tom Janowitz
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It's a matter of logic. Find a flaw in my reasoning, and you may have a point. Otherwise, the logic is on my part.

Be carefull what you wish for ;) - brain is about 5kg, right ? Quantum mechanics, therefore probablilistic apporoach applies to microworld, and 5kg definitely does not belong to microworld. You can't just simply apply quantum logic when dealing with "macro" objects. Yes - every "big" object consists of small "micro" objects, which obey general rules of QM, but that doesn't make them all of a sudden unpredictible (statistics comes to play).


because my dna is coded that way

You are taking this reasoning way to far. DNA doesn't make you make decisions. It codes information about protein structures and such. Brain is the decision maker, with free will, or without. Of course everything has influence on your decisions, but it does not make those decisions by itself - it only contributes some tiny bit of influence on your central neural system.

In case we are talking about different things (hope this is not the case) consider this "experiment" : put 2 things of whatever in front of you (coions?). Then pick one. Now - was it possible that you would pick another one ? Who made this choice ? You ? Your DNA ? People you've grown up with, society, or someone else ? You probably will say, that is all at the same time. But I will argue, that you wrongly interpret ourselves. DNA is part of you. People who you know are partly the same as you are (more so, than with people that don't know each other). There is no such thing like exclusive/independent judgement/thought/action. But that still does not deprive us of our free will.

Do you wan't to say, that what we really are beings capable of (abstract) reasoning and we don't have slightest control on our actions and are in fact unsuscpecting spectators (puppets) ?

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