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Comment Re:Singularity (Score 1) 262

What do you mean by "work"? I'm convinced that without simulating all the stuff that the brain is connected to, you're going to get nothing except maybe coma or panic, as in "holyshit heart's not beating! lungs aren't breathing! where's the stomach!? where's the liver!?!?" More likely, without that cacophony of signals coming in, the network will just die. So you're going to have to fake that I/O, and make sure the signals respond to brain commands or else panic sets in again.

That may be true if we just remove a human brain and hook it up to computers, but a new brain with no input history would have no reason to expect signals from a heart or lungs, or anything for that matter. As the synthetic brain is stimulated new pathways would form and eventually it would come to predict the signals that it receives. But there is no reason to believe that an unstimulated newly created brain would have any expectations whatsoever.


Submission + - Rowling Outs Dumbledore ( 2

eldavojohn writes: "Fans of the Harry Potter are receiving surprises long after the series has been finished. J.K. Rowling, author of the series, outed Dumbledore as being gay last night to an audience at Carnegie Hall. From the article, 'She then explained that Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald, whom he defeated long ago in a battle between good and bad wizards. "Falling in love can blind us to an extent," Rowling said of Dumbledore's feelings, adding that Dumbledore was "horribly, terribly let down."' Witchcraft AND homosexuality?! Well, that latest development should put the books on the super banned booklist of most Christian groups."

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