A Few Thoughts
- Programs are purely syntactical.
- Minds have semantical content.
- Syntax by itself is neither constitutive of nor sufficient for semantics.
- Therfore, programs will never have semantical content.
I buy the summary, though not the thought experiment.
Now, this really seems to stick a fork in the Strong AI that believes that consciousness is mere symbol manipulation. And after a few months of meditation on the subject, I have concluded that Searle is right -- this form of Strong AI has abstracted away "too much from the actual physical implementation of the computational processes involved in thinking."
But what about the so-called "active symbols" that Hofstadtler proposes?
I think that's the key. Essentially, a non-human intelligence would probably be realized in a machine that, on the whole, was NOT a Universal Turing Machine. It's probably made up of a lot of pieces that are UTC's, but on the whole it isn't one.
The sections in Hofstadler's book on the location of meaning are exactly what I'm talking about. I've never made a conscious decision to only analyze the "visible" portion of the E/M spectrum. But because of that very limitation(and sufficient time to "learn" about it), I am now able to associate symbols in my mind with external objects that I "see."
Thanks to Godel, we know that truth is bigger than proof. All Searle has is a proof, though not a proof that Strong AI(in general) is impossible, just impossible on a(in a) UTC.
The preceeding thought is not so much a slam against Searle as it is an affirmation of Vinge's Singularity.
I can't believe we "re-elected" GW!!!
Good Job, Laptop!
Digital Performer for recording music and
Both of which are things you either know how to use or you don't; the quality of the OS doesn't really matter.
So I'm always pleasantly suprised when the computer performs a "consumer" task with the greatest of ease, thanks to the fine people at Apple. iPhoto works great.
Here's what I wanted to do:
I've got 84 raw images from a digital camera that I want to scale down from 1900x1900 or something to 640x480.
Import photos into iPhoto. I already had the images on the hard drive. Importing took about 5 minutes.
Apple-a to select all photos
File-Export from the file menu. Choose scale to 640x480. Choose JPG format. Click export. Select destination folder. Click choose.
2 minutes later, 84 scaled down pictures in the destination folder, ready to be emailed.
Whole operation took less than 10 minutes. I thought it would be longer since I would have to export each image individually. Too easy. Good job, laptop!
Turn on your droolers girls. . .
And while we're on the subject, what is up with PC's still having a BIOS??? The Alpha and the Powerbook both have firmware consoles. These modern ideas must have some useage, anyone out there know what?
You are misunderstanding the denotation for the connotation
Existentialism -> Religion and strictly not the other way around(religion does not make room for existential beliefs), ergo existentialism is a more "correct" theory, or religion could be considered a subset, a "kernel" if you will, of the set of existential ideas. But in general, they are both ideas, so I have to abstract a model for ideas, so really, the relative "correctness" of existentialism vs religion "doesn't matter." Much in the same way as the "distance" between 0.999~ and 1 "doesn't matter," or more appropriately, "doesn't exist."
Isn't tying mathematical knowledge to practical experience, specifically tying numbers to quantities that one can count, preventing others from being able to make their own abstractions? Isn't that why algebra is such a turning point in adolescent education? Isn't that why people have such a difficult time with calculus, and in general, believe calculus/differential equations to be the end-all be-all of "hard" math? Isn't that why dumbasses, like meteorologists say, who can't guarantee a forecast within +-4 degrees F, will laugh at the math major who mistakes 32 for 16 when multiplying 8 by 4? Doesn't this type of "practical" thinking reinforce things that shouldn't necessarily be reinforced, like the importance of the bottom line or how fast your car can go?
Or is this really the best of all possible worlds? And I'm just lucky to see what most people can't see in math.
I can get a real job now!!!
No work Tuesday - Saturday. It's now Sunday, and I'm back at the grind, and that's kind of a bummer, but c'mon. . .5 days of R&R.
Called, and hooked up with, the drug dealer on Wednesday. Out of college for 4 years now. Never got it right while I was in college, or out, but this year I remembered to buy dope before I wanteded/needed it. This is key people. So many years before, I failed at this step along the path.
Treated Tuesday and Wednesday like any other, normal weekend. My girlfriend and I smoked up, got the munchies, baked cookies, etc. I mean, we got high, but nothing really special since we weren't really celebrating/observing any fake holidays at the time. Also talked to the drug dealer on Wednesday, as I mentioned before, and that was key.
Thanksgiving day: 2 families, 2 dinners, 3 houses, about 3 hours of driving, 10 hours total of non-marijuana activities. Really not so bad. Woke up at 11am. Went to bed at 1am. Lots of good food in between.
Friday. Well, you know what they say about Friday: "It's Friday. You ain't got no job. And you ain't got shit to do!" Well, Friday and Saturday. It was like a fog. Like the beginning of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest . I'm not even sure what I did. I ate lots of leftovers, watched TV and some movies, slept, showered a couple of times. Oh man it was great. Ooohh, I for got to tell you, I talked to the drug dealer again on Saturday, and hooked up with an ounce of keif, which, if you can afford it, is excellent.
So, to recap, I spent several hundered dollars on marijuana and some processed marijuana, and smoked much of it in the comfort of my own home, which is a fairly decent condo on the lake here in Madison, WI, with an excellent couch for such an activity. No fiending for dope. No fiending for good company. No fiending for a nice place to sit. No fiending for food. Everything was all taken care of in a way I had never seen before. I even got some recording done with my band Saturday afternoon in my basement.
The real question is: where do I go from here?
I think I've done it all. I should just get a better job, buy a better condo, and buy better recording gear.
I could even get a job with drug testing.
I guess I'm thinking I've hit the top of the mountain. There's no one on the face of the planet who does more drugs more responsibly than myself. . .so there's no more reason to do drugs.
3rd shift pains
Convincing the population at large that the Enlightenment is dead, and Foucault was right
Or. . .
Getting someone(a daywalker, 9-5'er) who doesn't work 3rd shift to cover for you when you are really sick
Based on my experience, it would be easier to convince the general population that postmodernism has all the right answers.
BTW, have you checked out Surak's latest journal? It would appear that he has lost, big time.