Re: Interesting links

From: Stevan Harnad (
Date: Fri Jun 30 2000 - 10:55:16 BST

On Wed, 28 Jun 2000, Dave Edwards wrote:

> Hello, I thought you might be interested in the following links from
> About the internet becoming a global brain:
> We have discussed in AI2 that it must have a physical form to truely
> intelligence. Is this possible?

Is there anything there that, in principle, if you pinched it, there
would be some entity that could actually feel the pinch? If not, then
it's just an analogy: the Internet behaves in a "brainlike" way in
certain respects, and that's all.

What do you mean "a physical form"? Every implementation has SOME
physical form. It's just that most phsyical forms are the wrong kind,
for having a mind. (We agreed that if "having intelligence" is to mean
more than "behave cleverly" it must mean having a mind = being
pinchable, i.e., sensient.)

> A computer built like a brain:
> Surely this idea could bring about AI?

Again, brainlike in certain respects. Every X is Y-like in certain
respects. The trick is to get the RIGHT respects for Z, the ones that
make both identical with respect to Z (here, Z is having a mind).

Chrs, Stevan

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