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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Think or Swim...?


Sunday reflections:

“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than whether a submarine can swim.”
-- Edsgar Dijkstra

"...in a broader sense, the term thinking machine is a misnomer. No machine has ever thought about the eternal questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? Machines don't think about their future, their ultimate demise, or their legacy. To ponder such questions requires consciousness and a sense of self. Thinking machines don't have these attributes, and given the current state of our knowledge they're unlikely to attain them in the foreseeable future."

-- Leo Chalupa  (in John Brockman's  "What To Think About Machines That Think")

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