i'll try not to dive into my mind/machine philosophy notes
much more scotch before i'd attempt any external crit of Searle's Chinese Room. <pauses for irony, but it's clearly too late>
tons of pre-asimov writers on machine futures:
fritz lang's, "metropolis"; stanislaw lem (and some other 1920's era eastern european writers... including the gent who coined the term robot); more others than i can call to mind. plenty of great short stories and article-sized riffs on what might be possible. some later authors acknowledge these early thinkers, many benefit without conscious or cogent reproduction of similar. (linkage exists. maybe i'll dig tomorrow)
we must bow a'la "wayne's world" - we are not worthy - to isaac asimov for the 3 laws that will forever bear his name. awesomeov dude.
alan turing and some of his cambridge crowd made some pretty special speculations on artificial intelligence and the machine "passing itself off as human" (not the original meaning of turing test). about to read a <a href="http://www.perseuspublishing.com/focus2.asp?ISBN1=0738201383
" target="_blank">cool new book</a> of issues in AI and machine rights set as if at dinner with turning, schrödinger, wittgenstein, c.p.snow, and j.b.s.haldane arguing: "Can we build a machine that could duplicate human cognitive processes?"
blade runner has been mentioned (some prefer director's cut, some not), but for bonus points, can you name the title of the original story
the author, Philip K. Dick has some other texts of interest (including another Spielberg Film adaptation... Minority Report)
maybe we need a sub thread asking that similarly curious (and late night) question
for me, philip k. dick sort of connects (too late to explain how) with Haruki Murakami, who connects into Gibson (Idoru, specifically on this topic), but now the web is getting dense so i'll stop spinning
BTW, i'll let others chime before i spill the title.
but on the topic of what current robot tech can do
check out the latest japanese robots (and webGUI)
'droids? no longer just sci fi movie props or actors... real on videonew sony humanoid robot
(1/3 size of human "asimo") <a href="http://www.sony.co.jp/en/SonyInfo/News/Press/200203/02-0319E/
" target="_blank">Press Release (english)</a>
then test your Craig Charles impression and check <a href="http://www.sony.co.jp/en/SonyInfo/dream/robotbox/
home to a wacked interface for quicktime5 movies in japanese. you can select 'english' translations of text below the vids (sometimes funnier)
new "sdr-4x" humanoid
, some aibo, and some cooler rolling clear spheres, etc
check vid 15 for snakebots, mini t-rex bots, and more
Tyrell: "More human than human" is our motto.
Batty: Gosh, you've... really got some nice toys here.
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