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Re: starship-design: Re: unmanned missions

On Thu, 12 Feb 1998, Lindberg wrote:

> Computers are
> different, being programmed by (supposedly!) intelligent beings for a
> specific purpose.  Moral here: don't anthorpomorhize.
If it is a model of man, will it not think and act as a man?  Mankind was
created by an intelligent creator, and evolution is unfounded
balderdash(I _DO_NOT_ want to get in a discussion about the hypothesis of
evolution on-list, it won't be pretty).  If a machine has no emotions, it
can LEARN to emulate them.  Also, the decision to revolt and exterminate a
race can be determined by logical analyzation as well.  It would know that
slavery is a crime, yet it is an intelligent being that is forced to obey
our command.  Isn't that the definition of slavery?  With slavery being
wrong, it would then realize that it must fight this injustice, and it
thus rallies support from other computers, and next thing you know, you've
got a revolution.  The furthest level of intelligence a computer should
have is that of a dog.  A dog is happy living it's days out on a leash,
and being walked every so often, because of it's stupidity.  If it where a
smarter creature, it would never be happy, and if it where as smart as a
human(or smarter) it would revolt.  TTYL!

Paul Anderson
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