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03 December 2010

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Dixon Cruickshank

I think you had already achived the computers needed to keep up the brains in Sacremento a few years ago - too bad you can't do a System Restore

George Rebane

Actually Dixon, I was thinking of Ctrl-Alt-Delete.

Larry Geiger

Todays computers are automatons. They will never "achieve peer intelligence with humans." No matter how fast they go. Pretty funny idea actually. Now some other device might, but not anything based on what we consider "modern" computing.

Greg Goodknight

I recall a Science Fiction very short story in the 60's or 70's. An intelligent supercomputer is constructed. Powered up with great pomp and circumstance, the first question asked was "Is there a God?" and the answer, after a few moments, was "There is now." Someone in attendance makes a run for the power relay but is killed by the lightening bolt which strikes, fusing the switch in the on position.

Someday there will be an intelligent computer, on par with people, but no one should hold their breath. The result of the above research is unlikely to even match the level of intelligence of a toy poodle. Don't start worrying until they demonstrate a cyber Border Collie.

George Rebane

Yes, I remember that also as a landmark sci-fi story. If I recall, it was very short - like two paragraphs.

Greg, you have a different view of Singularity's advent that gives humans too much credit. I, for one, am with those who don't believe that we will ever demonstrate peer (or super-human) intelligence. When it is ready, it will demonstrate itself. And then ...

Dixon Cruickshank

After some of these opinions, is peline maybe an early test unit?

Greg Goodknight

You read too much into what I wrote, George. Structures and code snippets will be made by man, but I also expect machine intelligence will largely evolve along unexpected paths.

I'm pretty sure that short story was closer to three pages.

Greg Goodknight

A real shouldn't miss sf short from an opposite point of view is "They're made out of meat"

http://www.terrybisson.com/page6/page6.html

Greg Goodknight

Regarding "the answer", George, you were right...
http://www.alteich.com/oldsite/answer.htm

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