The Simple Economics of Open Source
Juergen A. Erhard
jae at ilk.de
Mon Apr 24 23:57:47 CEST 2000
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>>>>> "Robin" == Robin Becker <robin at jessikat.demon.co.uk> writes:
Robin> In article <390451C0.4B5D3196 at tcac.net>, Albert Wagner
Robin> <alwagner at tcac.net> writes
>> You STILL don't understand. Artifice can only copy. It cannot invent.
>> An end product can be copied, even a style can be copied, but not the
>> creative process itself.
>> Raffael Cavallaro wrote:
Robin> This position is like the weak AI position; you assert
Robin> there's something magical about creation. I think A Turing
Robin> was right; any human behaviour can be simulated and the
Robin> best simulators (people) are around already.
Fundamental question is: Are we just a complex arrangement of
bio-chemical (and thus ultimately physical) processes... or is there
more to being `human beings'?
If we are just a collection of bio-chemical processes, it's simple to
`simulate' or replicate us in machine form.
If we are more... than it will not be possible.
Since I'm a christian, I guess it's obvious where I'll put my bets...
 I'm just reading Bill Joy's Wired essay `Why the future doesn't
PS: For the record, I'm 100% with Albert (though maybe he's not 100%
with me ;-)
Jürgen A. Erhard eMail: jae at ilk.de phone: (GERMANY) 0721 27326
"Ever wonder why the SAME PEOPLE
make up ALL the conspiracy theories?" -- Michael K. Johnson
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