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DesktopWeb FormText   MIND ChildrenMon, 21 Jun 2004 03:39:05 GMT # 

just finished reading 'MIND Children: The Future of Robot and Human Intelligence', circa 1988. although dated, this was a really fun read because the future it envisions still has not happened. the author did bring up nanotechnolgy and the mars rovers as being promising :) overall, it has an evolutionary theme where the machines we develop might be our next step. i.e. there were some Borg and Matrix themes. started out contrasting robotics and AI. then did some computations to try and figure out when a computer would be powerful enough to model the human brain as a general purpose AI. next, talked about possible relationship scenarios between man and machines. finally, wrapped it up with viruses, the big bang, and fourier transforms. this stuff is great for making you want to think BIG thoughts