From: Ben Goertzel (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Jan 10 2002 - 03:11:36 MST
From: Anton Kolonin [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2002 12:42 PM
Subject: Re: [Webmind-TLC] Ray Kurzweil bets on real AI
SINCE THIS is 2001, Lenat has spent the year fielding jokes about HAL 9000,
the fiendishly intelligent computer in Arthur C.
Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey. On one occasion, when television reporters
came to film Cyc, they expected to see a tall, looming
structure. But because Cyc doesn't look like much-it's just a database of
facts and a collection of supporting software that can fit
on a laptop-they were more interested in the company's air conditioner.
"It's big and has all these blinking lights," Lenat says
with a laugh. "Afterwards, we even put a sign on it saying, CYC 2001, BETTER
THAN HAL 9000."
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