From: Deacon Kuhns (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Feb 04 2002 - 03:46:56 MST
Thanks for this email... It's given me a bit of an idea, and I think I'm going to pursue it. I'm not going to be posting on SL4 from here on out for awhile. But I'd like to keep in touch!
From: Emil Gilliam <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 3 Feb 2002 14:33:07 -0500
Subject: Re: AI and Moore's Law redux
> 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
> >> wolframscience.com 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
> http://www.stephenwolfram.com/qanda/science.html 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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