RE: [asa] scientific fact vs. ideology?

From: Stephen J. Krogh, P.G. <panterragroup@mindspring.com>
Date: Mon Mar 16 2009 - 18:52:53 EDT

Depends on what you mean by "know." Programming for following a specific
subroutine when power drops below a certain level doesn't really require it
being self aware.
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> [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu]On Behalf Of Dehler, Bernie
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> 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?"
>
> ...Bernie
>
> PS: Robo girlfriend/boyfriend is getting closer:
> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090316/ap_on_re_as/as_japan_girl_robot_2
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezxhoamM3WY
>
> 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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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu
> > [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu]On Behalf Of Dehler, Bernie
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> > Subject: RE: [asa] scientific fact vs. ideology?
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> > ""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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