Re: [sl4] Alan Turing's results are profound

From: John K Clark (
Date: Thu Oct 15 2009 - 10:57:14 MDT

On Thu, 15 Oct 2009 , "Larry" <> said:

> While turing machines are mathmatically interesting

They are more than interesting, they are profound.

> they have little relevance to AI.

There is nothing more relevant.

> A brain doesn't work on a fixed set of inputs

And neither does a Turing Machine. Inputs are just strings of numbers,
some of those input numbers will cause the Turing Machine to do things
you believe are useful, others will not. For some numbers it will be
obvious that it will send the machine (Turing or a AI) into an infinite
loop so you can just discard those, but for a infinity of other input
numbers you can't tell, they might produce the answer to a question
you're interested in or they might cause the Turing Machine or AI to
spin it's wheels until the end of time. That's pretty damn relevant.

 John K Clark

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