Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hmm ...

... Technology - Daniel C. Dennett - 'A Perfect and Beautiful Machine': What Darwin's Theory of Evolution Reveals About Artificial Intelligence - The Atlantic. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)
In order to be a perfect and beautiful computing machine, it is not requisite to know what arithmetic is.

It is, however, requisite that said machine be constructed. A machine is an artifact. An artifact requires an artificer. If you want to eliminate all talk of an artificer, you will have to come up with another metaphor. There are no machines in nature. Nature doesn't do machines.

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