[ExI] Oxford scientists edge toward quantum PC with 10b qubits.

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Wed Feb 2 02:13:44 UTC 2011

On 02/01/2011 08:09 AM, spike wrote:
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> From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org
> [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of Stefano Vaj
> ...
> Subject: Re: [ExI] Oxford scientists edge toward quantum PC with 10b qubits.
> On 31 January 2011 21:42, Richard Loosemore<rpwl at lightlink.com>  wrote:
>>> But that is *exactly* my point.  We are not getting tantalizingly
>> close, we are just doing the same old snake-oil con trick of building
>> a system that works in a ridiculously narrow domain, and which
>> impresses some people with the sheer breadth of information it stores
> inside it.
>> I suspect that human beings themselves do little else than than adding
> half-competent reactions in ridiculously narrow domains one to another for a
> very large number thereof... Stefano Vaj
> Ja.  The reason I think we are talking past each other is that we are
> describing two very different things when we are talking about human level
> intelligence.  I am looking for something that can provide companionship for
> an impaired human, whereas I think Richard is talking about software which
> can write software.

The Eliza chatbot was very engaging for a lot of students once upon a 
time.  You don't need full AGI to keep an oldster happily 
reliving/sharing memories and more entertained than a TV can provide.  
Add emotion interfaces and much much better chat capabilities than Eliza 
had.  Eventually add more real AI modules as they become available.   A 
cat will be more cuddly and humans much more fun to talk to for a 
longish time.  But there is a definite spot in-between that we can just 
about do something that will be appreciated.

- samantha
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