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Old June 3 2012, 03:11 AM   #85
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Re: David Brin's latest novel, and a TED talk

I believe that machines have created sentences that aren't gibberish (I've read sentences purportedly from machines,) without having all possible sentences in their memories.

I don't believe that uncertainty is mystical. When you say that humans have the ability to create sentences without the use of processes that can be duplicated in some fashion by programs, without explaining why this is so, that I think is mysticism.

And the insistence that intelligence=human-style self awareness (and only that) also strikes me as mysticism.
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