RE: [asa] scientific fact vs. ideology?

From: Dehler, Bernie <>
Date: Mon Mar 16 2009 - 18:32:35 EDT

Stephen J. Krogh said: "Are they self-aware?"

It depends on what you mean. If a computer knows that its power is low and it has to walk over to an outlet and plug itself in, does that mean it is "self-aware?"


PS: Robo girlfriend/boyfriend is getting closer:

There are lots of groups interested in sexbots- just a matter of a (short) time. It may be an interesting ethical debate. The article is not about sexbots but there are many interested in them and the article shows it is getting closer.

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> Subject: RE: [asa] scientific fact vs. ideology?
> ""matter cannot think.""
> It may depend on your definition of "think." Can computers
> "think?" They do make decisions. They can even "appear" to be
> sentient. It may be possible to have a conversation with a
> computer (over the internet) and not even realize it is not a real person.
> ...Bernie

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