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Old June 2 2012, 08:26 PM   #84
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Re: David Brin's latest novel, and a TED talk

stj wrote: View Post
Human beings don't need to know all the possible sentences to create a single sentence.
But machines do or they create gibberish.

The insistence that this creativity can't be quantified and analyzed seems to me sheer mysticism.
Anything with a great deal of uncertainty would seem to be mystical in nature.

The particular example of a problem given, someone who's never had either choosing between rocky road and butterscotch, strikes me as the kind of problem where it is likely that human beings themselves act more or less randomly.
It's odd but some studies show they don't.

In any event, nature shows us that adaptability and creativity can be approximated by evolution, without any awareness involved at all. If programs were allowed to evolve, so to speak, I'm sure the results would be amazingly creative.
Yes but then it wouldn't be intelligence.
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