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June 12, 2003
On dolphins and robots

Further to this, there's lots more arguing about just how clever dolphins aren't here.

I especially liked the commenter who said that her dog definitely learned, and then the commenter who said that his computer game definitely learned.

Can you teach a computer programme? I don't think that "yes" is a totally silly answer.

In a hundred years, will robots be going to college? I recall a Sci-Fi story about a robot who confounded his inventors by becoming an aesthete and wearing a flower in his lapel. Sounds like it could have been Philip K. Dick. Anyone?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 01:03 PM
Category: Humans and animalsTechnology

When software and robots acquire the ability to "learn" like humans, our days our numbered!

I don't mean that in a bad sense. It's just a fact (exponential rate of learning = robots overtaking humans in a few months .....)

However, as far as I know, there is no real sign of anything like this on the horizon at the moment. On the other hand, I'd be surprised if it took as long as 100 years.


Comment by: Julius on June 13, 2003 05:54 PM
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