Date: Wed 20 Nov 2002 - 04:37:35 GMT
> As near as I can tell, computers only pass memes from humans to other
> humans. They pass the encoded message from computer to computer, but
> so far the computers don't get the message, they just pass it. Only
> humans understand it. The day the computer understands the message is
> the day we'd better get ready to pass the baton and let the new kid
> take over.
Not only do the computers not understand it, they also did not create it. It was inputted to the computers by human interfacers. Wade is right about this point; only when computers begin to demonstrate authentically creative behavior can we begin to contemplate granting that they might be experiencing self-aware states.
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