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Comment: Brains versus CPUs (Score 3, Informative) 189

by eyepeepackets (#47026229) Attached to: Understanding an AI's Timescale

This article at Science Daily is helpful in understanding the issue:

Comparing CPUs and brains is like comparing apples to planets: Granted, both are somewhat round but that's pretty much the end of any useful comparison.

Note that I don't agree that CPU-based computers can't be made to be intelligent, but I do think such intelligence will be significantly different.

Comment: Re:Immersion (Score 1) 169

by eyepeepackets (#46849711) Attached to: Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

Agreed. Immersion is what makes the difference between great games and the toss-outs and one-timers. The Elder Scrolls (TES) games are really popular and it's the lore factor which ties it all together for the player and makes playing each one a really great experience beyond just a good way to burn some time.

Comment: Re:Not our education system (Score 2) 306

by eyepeepackets (#46812885) Attached to: Our Education System Is Failing IT

In the U.S., critical thinking skills are acquired via the liberal arts side of the higher education system (you know, the ones the business and technical training side loves to sneer at while making jokes about burgers and fries.) We don't teach high schoolers and below how to think, we teach them _what_ to think; school in the U.S. has mostly been about socialization since the mid-20th century. Even in our higher education system, the only ones who really get critical thinking skills are the wannabe lawyers and philosophers. Simply put, these skills have not been valued by U.S. business people since forever and so they aren't taught but to the specialist few.

Business and technical people whining about employees without critical thinking skills reminds me of Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby, only in this case they made the tar baby themselves.

They are relatively good but absolutely terrible. -- Alan Kay, commenting on Apollos