The Simple Economics of Open Source

Juergen A. Erhard jae at
Mon Apr 24 23:57:47 CEST 2000

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>>>>> "Robin" == Robin Becker <robin at> writes:

    Robin> In article <390451C0.4B5D3196 at>, Albert Wagner
    Robin> <alwagner at> 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> ...

    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[1].

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...

Bye, J

[1] I'm just reading Bill Joy's Wired essay `Why the future doesn't
need us'...

PS: For the record, I'm 100% with Albert (though maybe he's not 100%
with me ;-)

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