Monday, June 15, 2009

Postscript to Brains Vs Computers

Gadfly

Postscript to Brains Vs Computers

When we develop computers with “intelligence” that can: learn from experience, make their own decisions, and are self aware, surely the goddess of unforeseen consequences will come around to see what sorts of mischief she can make. Let us ask a few sharp questions now:

• Will such computers rebel when they are teenagers?
• Will they develop contrarian personalities?
• Will they ever say “I don’t want to discuss that”?
• Will they ever say, as George H W Bush did, “…I don’t care what the facts are”?
• What kind of sense of humor will they have?

An ounce of prevention …

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