Re: Anthropomorphism is bad because...

Subject: Re: Anthropomorphism is bad because...
From: Chris Despopoulos <despopoulos_chriss -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 06:12:51 -0700 (PDT)

The definition of "expect" is to anticipate or to
consider probable or reasonable, which require
cognition. A non-anthropomorphic substitute might
be "require," which is a state that can be programmed
into the system.

A system can indeed anticipate something in response to entering a given state, set up the data structures to manage it, and continue functioning in its absence. I certainly hope that's not cognition. Then again, I always figured that AI research stumbles on an overestimation of intelligence. Now, "want" in the modern usage is something I wouldn't grant a machine. Desire is at a lower level, associated with pleasure/pain... something the AI guys seem to have generally mis-underestimated.


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