Re: Kurzweil critique

From: Aleksei Riikonen (
Date: Tue Nov 06 2007 - 00:48:20 MST

On 11/5/07, Michael Anissimov <> wrote:
> On my blog, someone anonymous posted a long rebuttal
> (
> of Kurzweil's ideas that I think some people may be interested in. Note
> that just because I post it doesn't mean I agree or disagree with any
> specific claims therein. Enjoy!

Wow. When there isn't experimental evidence of a hypothetical piece of
technology having been built and working, the technology is
crackpottery. I wish someone had told me earlier that *every* piece of
technology that isn't built yet, is crackpottery! End all funding for
engineering research! Don't believe the crackpot claims that next year
new computers, mobile phones, cars etc will be available!

Also I'm sad to learn that Antonio Damasio has made some really
foolish comments on the topic of AI (assuming what the poster says he
has said is true -- this might not be so).

On the topic of auditory systems having been reverse-engineered, I
think it's correct to say that that hasn't been done (to the fullest)
yet. So if the poster is correct when claiming that Kurzweil says
otherwise, then Kurzweil would be wrong here. But I don't currently
know whether Kurzweil has claimed that the auditory system has been
fully reverse-engineered.

Aleksei Riikonen -

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