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I was looking for this response in the comment thread. :-)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 27th, 2011 at 10:09:44 PM EST
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@argeezer - In no way do I discount the need for an overriding mechanism to deal with the combinatorial explosion (cf Toobey and Cosmides "The Adapted Mind") and that mechanism can be called emotion, but humans have a lot of instincts that generate the wrong emotions (The Feeling of What Happens, Antonio Damasio) so what I suspect will happen is that human scientists will heuristically select out or dampen some of the more destructive emotions (Blink by Gladwell) and their endocrine processes.

Perhaps just changing a global voltage level, slowing parallelism in a group of processors. It would depend on the eventual architecture, but would be different certainly from what would be called for, or even be possible, with linear computing.

Align culture with our nature. Ot else!

by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 01:51:33 AM EST
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humans have a lot of instincts that generate the wrong emotions

A friend and I, in an unaccustomed outbreak of Techno-Utopianism, inverted War Games.  The plot of a movie revolved around the computer "waking-up," becoming a Buddhist.  It then refused to even consider harming Sentient Beings and locked-out the Command and Control systems controlling the US nuclear arsenal.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 03:30:03 PM EST
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