Re: Cherubic Machines

From: J. Andrew Rogers (
Date: Thu Dec 02 2004 - 01:05:44 MST

On Dec 1, 2004, at 8:14 AM, Gaurav Gupta wrote:
> Read Jeff Hawkins' book: 'On Intelligence'? I was
> stunned when it said what I've been trying to say for
> so many years now. I'm not even going to try
> explaining what my GEN-I-SYS engine can and cannot do.
> Please visit and feel free
> to laugh me in the face if you see fit. Whatever you
> Please donate a little bit.

Well in that case, everyone should just send their money to me instead,
if results matter.

My qualifications:

1.) No one has written a pop-sci book that covers the theoretics of my
2.) I can actually explain why the systems work the way they do and why
it is important, with math even.
3.) Demonstrable critical capabilities in implementation that are
unique in computer science.
4.) I made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

With all due respect Gaurav, why did you even bother to stump for cash
on this list when you offer no reason why anyone should give you any?
No design theory offered, let alone a defense of it, and you are a new
face around these parts (okay, at least to me). There is nothing to
differentiate yourself from the hundred other wannabe AI hacks that
infest the field. AI is littered with the carcasses of smart people
with credentials, and even the survivors fight for the scraps of a
world that basically ignores them. I think Ronald Reagan was President
of the US the last time AI was actually sexy to the public at large.

This list is all about red meat, as in standing in an arena full of
lions with it tied around your neck. You better be bold and prepared
to make your case.

And last, but not least, what is the kind of organization that you want
people to give money to? Non-profit organization? Privately held
for-profit venture (like mine)? A rogue band of Amish building an AI
Babbage Engine out of wood in a barn? This matters to people, and your
website is essentially content-free.


j. andrew rogers

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