Originally posted by ATS4dummies
And the other possibility is that all artificially intelligent devices are biological.
That's an interesting statement -- reminds me of one I heard once: "Biology is nanotechnology that works". What's the line between artificial and
I was reading this ATS Member Debate:
Challenge Match: jasonjnelson vs. maria_stardust: Creationism, Evolution, and the Education
and the point was mentioned about whether a 'higher power' should be invoked/taught in public school science classrooms. That made me wonder just
exactly what a 'higher power', in the context of evolution or intelligent design, implies.
So I started thinking about what 'powers' we, humanity today, have that would be considered 'higher powers' by peoples past. I amused myself for
a little while by considering a hypothetical conversation between someone today and an 16th century Enlightenment philosopher, about the video game
"See, we have this toy we play with, where we make little puppets, kinda, -- not real people -- but they act real, get angry bored or sad, react, all
on their own..."
"For sure, those are the attributes of real people, not puppets!"
"No no, they're just simulations, we know 100% how they work and how they react, even though they show very complex behaviour sometimes..."
"Why, that's the same as this world -- if all the workings of God's intricate clockwork we known, revealed to the light of Science, would we
ourselves not be akin to this 'simulation' you speak of?"
"Well, but it's different -- we entirely create these 'Sims', and we can entirely control their environment, we just have fun seeing how they'll
"Truly, you future men have become as Gods!"
"No, there's still a higher power, not us, despite what you're thinking... we just understand the world a little better, maybe..."
"A high power indeed, to be able to create life, even if only the convincing appearance thereof, at a mere whim!"