RE: the 69 of us

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Wed Nov 15 2000 - 07:55:30 MST

Well, I really am neither a hardware or software guy, though characterizing
is not that easy.... I've cranked a fair bit of code, but I have to say
that the mechanics of
programming bores me quickly...

I guess I have an odd combination of a scientific and artistic and
philosophical temperament
... AI design and scientific philosophy seem to be my biggest strengths so
far, but I really enjoy
writing fiction and playing music just as much ...
BUT, most of my pursuits these days are in the domains of engineering and
business ... things that
frustrate me a fair amount, though I don't seem to be bad at them ... ;>

Really it's the generation of the NEW that delights me, whatever the
particular domain. I'm not sure why,
because the old really isn't so bad .. but there you go...

I am suspecting that a LOT of people on this list are similarly diverse,
rather than fitting neatly
into a category such as "gearhead" or "coder" ...


> now that we know that there are 69 of us...
> i am curious:
> how many of us are hardware people? eg. nuts and bolts, savvy electrons,
> like mixing it up with elbow grease and sonic screwdrivers...
> and how many are the other sort? eg. relentless urge to code, live for
> logical on and off states...
> and,
> are there any other sorts on this list? if you do NOT fit into one of the
> above categories, at least roughly, please speak up. i would love to know
> (for information's sake) what other strange and rare talents we
> might have
> on this list.
> i am a hardware guy. mechanical stuff makes me happy, but
> electrical/electronic devices even more so.
> i am very excited that so soon, this electricity, that is at best
> right now
> a vast, brutish , ocean of potential, will be transformed into
> essentially a living sentient mind.
> i wonder to myself, is anyone out there, especially in our
> circles,working
> on a better hardware? not just a faster computer, but something entirely
> new?
> just curious. i haven't seen anything that would indicate that that
> particular line of research is happening. Of course, maybe i'm
> not looking
> in the right places...
> gabriel charron
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