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Daniel Dennett: Semantic Engineer

Posted 19 Apr 2004 at 17:23 UTC by steve Share This

The Guardian has published an interesting article on philosopher Daniel Dennett, a proponent of machine consciousness. The article covers a wide range of topics ranging from the beliefs of thermostats, to whether or not Gödel's theorem proves machines will never be able to think. His ideas on the development of beliefs in simple organisms to consciousness in humans sound similar to those of the seemingly forgotten Alfred Korzybski. One other note of interest: Mr Dennett is looking for the builder of a robot dog from the 1950s that he obtained in Paris. Check the photos at the bottom of his home page and let him know if you can identify it.

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