From: Phillip Huggan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Jan 15 2006 - 14:48:25 MST
If you want to define computation as any physical process, I'm not going to argue semantics. You win. The class of computation utilizing semiconductor technology and as far as I can tell next-generation molecular computers; this is what AGI programmers are planning to use. This class of computation is presently capable of coding a hormone molecule as you describe. The coded molecules do not behave as do the real things. There is chemical physics involved. Even if you can reproduce all the behaviours of the molecule, you still will probably need the actual atoms to play Frankenstein.
Gasoline runs a car. You can code for all the appropriate chemical reactions but your computer is still not gonna take you to the store.
Mikko Särelä <email@example.com> wrote:
And why do you claim that the chemical component is not computational? Is
it not a kind of way of doing mass communication within a brain and the
rest of the body?
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