Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Laid back (with my mind on my money and my money on my mind)

I just saw a talk by Igor Aleksander on "Conscious Machines: Fiction or Fact". Aleksander has worked on "conscious machines" for 45 years. A review of his recent book World in My Mind, My Mind in the World is here. Nice talk by a charming guy, but right now the answer is fiction. More later....

In the meantime, I just heard on the BBC World Service that global warming may force French winemakers to consider the "nightmare scenario" of growing their grapes in England. Sacre bleu!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I don't know about Alexander, but somebody who is thinking about the problem of machine conciousnes, or AI is R. Penrose ("The Emperor's New Mind"- great, but dense book). Penrose's thesis is that conciousnes is non-algorithmic, and that as of yet we lack sufficient physics to produce a thinking machine.

BTW, your link to the review of Alexander's book is broken.



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