Questions for GEB Unit XIX
Page and figure references are from the English Penguin Books edition, unless
"Contrafactus" and "Artificial Intelligence: Prospects"
Hofstadter speculates that the thought of emotions explicitly
programmed into a machine is ridiculous. (p. 677) But what about
implicitly? Wouldn't it be possible that some intelligent
program with enough basic similarity to the way a brain (mind?) works
Could also show "emotions" (whatever that really is)?
At p. 680, Hofstadter guesses that "... any AI program would, if
comprehensible to us, seem pretty alien." My question is, how
alien? So alien that there won't be any practical use of it,
or simply that we won't see it as human?