Re: AI and Moore's Law redux

From: Emil Gilliam (
Date: Sun Feb 03 2002 - 12:33:07 MST

On Friday, February 1, 2002, at 01:31 AM, Ben Goertzel wrote:

>> Either way, I am definitely awaiting Wolfram's new book (expected in
>> March) to see what he has to say about it! (Have you looked at
>> yet?) Some of the publisher's claims about the book
>> sound rather grandiose to me, and the only reason I tolerate these is
>> because, heck, he's Stephen Wolfram. :>
> It is pretty clear to me what Wolfram has done here.... I can't be
> sure how well he's done it until I read the book of course.
> He's shown that *qualitatively*, a hell of a lot of complex-systems
> phenomena -- including ones that are generally reminiscent of particle
> physics, the origin of life, human memory, etc. etc. -- can be gotten
> to emerge from simple 1D cellular automata.
> He has not made detailed accurate models of real-world phenomena using
> these 1D CA's. Nor has he created a general abstract rigorous math
> theory of what kinds of 1D CA's will generate what kinds of complex
> phenomena. Nor has he created an AI or anything of practical value
> using these 1D CA's.
> Rather he has assembled an amazing panoply of fascinating examples.

Nonetheless, he does say in that
"A New Kind of Science certainly isn't all about cellular automata (they
represent about 20 percent of the examples in the book), but A New Kind
of Science
does contain a fair amount of material that cellular automaton
enthusiasts will find
exciting." And later: "A New Kind of Science does include a summary of
most of what
I know about cellular automata -- though cellular automata aren't the
focus of the

I guess it'll be interesting to find out what the remaining 80% is.

- Emil

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