substrateJune 26 2009 at 2:53 AM
|charles platt (Login cplatt)|
Response to You misunderstood
Jordan writes: "As long as the pattern is preserved, it really is irrelevent what substrate it's running on."
I agree with you, Jordan, but Roger Penrose definitely wouldn't, and I think he's a smarter guy than either of us, in some areas anyway. On the other other hand, Hans Moravec certainly believes that an exact inorganic replica is equivalent to the organic original, and he's pretty smart too. So, there appears to be room for more than one opinion on this topic, and I don't think it can be taken for granted.
Incidentally, if you're not familiar with Penrose's arguments, I seem to remember they derive from aspects of quantum theory which I don't pretend to understand. But the gist is that human intelligence derives partly from its medium.