[ExI] Some new angle about AI.
jonkc at bellsouth.net
Thu Jan 7 15:24:59 UTC 2010
On Jan 6, 2010, at 1:20 PM, x at extropica.org wrote:
>> we learned from the history of Evolution that consciousness is easy but
>> intelligence is hard.
> So why don't you agree with me that intelligence must have "existed"
> (been recognizable, if there had been an observer) for quite a long
Because we learned from the history of Evolution that consciousness is easy but
intelligence is hard.
> before evolutionary processes stumbled upon the additional,
> supervisory, hack of self-awareness
What you just said is logically absurd. If consciousness doesn't effect intelligence then there is no way Evolution could have "stumbled upon" the trick of generating consciousness because it would convey no more adaptive advantage than eyes or pigment does for creatures that live all their life in dark caves. In short if even one conscious being exists on Planet Earth and if Evolution is true then the Turing Test works; and if the Turing Test doesn't work then neither does Evolution.
> novel hacks like self-awareness discovered at some point, exploited
> for the additional fitness they confer
Fine, if true and consciousness aids fitness then it can be deduced from behavior. Either you can have intelligence without consciousness or you can not. The propositions lead to mutually contradictory conclusions, they can't both be right and you can't claim both as your own. You've got to make a choice.
John K Clark
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