From: Peter Voss (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Aug 02 2001 - 11:01:34 MDT
Nice essay, Mitch.
An important point you make is that in some crucial aspects (and there are
many others than those you've addressed) *artificial* intelligence is *much*
easier than duplicating what the brain does.
About Sagacity: I think that the *ability* to 'fidget' is needed in AI - it
forms the basis for thousands of automatized (learned, sub-conscious)
behaviors, crucial to overall cognition & intelligence. However, the huge
advantage that an AI has over human effectiveness, is that it should be
relatively easy to make it focus and concentrate on pursuing its (important)
goals. So while it must be able 'to drive' (or whatever) while thinking
about other things, but it probably won't get addicted to TV, games, or
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