From: HARNAD Stevan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Feb 21 2001 - 18:31:03 GMT
On Mon, 19 Feb 2001, Francis-Oladipo Marinho wrote:
> intelligence as I interpret it is mathematical
> calculation with an aspect of reasoning. In other words computation
> with understanding.
What is understanding?
> ...a tool dedicated to performing
> mindless calculations using specified algorithms, thereby leaving human
> beings more time to do the intelligent reasoning.
And what is that, and how is it done?
> I find it interesting that there is no knowledge or
> insight at that stage as to how the implementation of one of the basic
> mathematical operations would be handled....
> ...it is important to remember that all this was an idea and had
> not actually been implemented even though there were plans and drawings
> all over the place.
So our generation is not the first to talk about "computations" without
> One such claim... was the one pertaining to the speed of the
> machine... able to perform a multiplication in three minutes. ...yet
> 31 years after the lecture... a working Analytic engine still had not
> been built... I'm however not trying to imply that Charles Babbage was
> a "Bad Ideas" man and his machine was all talk... a working Difference
> Engine was eventually built in 1854 and it is clear that Babbage had
> some very sound ideas....
So are there "computational conjectures," like mathematical
conjectures, whose only proof can come from implementing them?
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