Discussion in 'Intelligence & Machines' started by TeX, Aug 28, 2002.
Can computers see us as a predictable lifeform at the end?
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human action is unpredictable because of our very great variety and many factors that make us to decide in either way- childhood experiences etc etc etc
if a computer would know that all (life in detail from birth to the moment- then maybe yes)
Probably not. We seem to be chaotic systems and as predicatable as the weather! Like the mythical butterfly in Africa that flaps it's wings and causes a storm in California 6 months later, we may be influenced by the draft as mum opened the door to check on us at 3 months old.
We may also be influenced in the same way - little start builds up to big effect - by the cosmic ray that zapped a neuron yesterday.
From what I've read in Asimov's Foundation series, he says the pattern of a huge group of humans can be predicted through mathematics. Now, Asimov doesn't go into much detail (since it doesn't exist yet), but I think it's possible. Although you can't predict an individual's path, you can factor in habitual human behaviour, and apply it to a population, so that you'll find a very generalized future.
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