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[DPRG] Robots in te news

Subject: [DPRG] Robots in te news
From: Mike McCarty jmccarty at ssd.usa.alcatel.com
Date: Fri Nov 2 15:52:34 CST 2001

On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Dennis Draheim wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Mike McCarty" <jmccarty at ssd.usa.alcatel.com>
> > On Fri, 2 Nov 2001, Blake Miller wrote:
> >
> > > My personal goal, and what makes me interested in robots, is to build a
> > > machine that thinks, one that is similar to humans.  I think this
> > > encompasses the features of both what you described below AND Artificial
> > > Intelligence.
> >
> > Since no one knows how people think, I believe you have set yourself an
> > unachievable goal.
> >
> > Mike
> 
> No one knows how people think *yet*.  Many goals that were "unachievable" a
> few decades or even a few years ago have been achieved.  Isn't making the
> unachievable achievable what research is all about?

I did not say "unachievable in principle".
I also did not say you shouldn't work on your project.
I do encourage you not to expect success.

Another point to ponder is whether that is a good goal. How about
making a robot which can think in ways *superior* to the ways
humans think.

Mike
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