Re: Anthropomorphism is bad because...

Subject: Re: Anthropomorphism is bad because...
From: Janice Gelb <janice -dot- gelb -at- oracle -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2010 23:28:25 +1000

On Jun 21, 2010 11:12PM, Chris Despopoulos wrote:
> **********
> The definition of "expect" is to anticipate or to
> consider probable or reasonable, which require
> cognition. A non-anthropomorphic substitute might
> be "require," which is a state that can be programmed
> into the system.
> **********
>
> A system can indeed anticipate something in response
> to entering a given state, set up the data structures
> to manage it, and continue functioning in its absence.
> I certainly hope that's not cognition. Then again,
> I always figured that AI research stumbles on an
> overestimation of intelligence. [snip]
>

The *system* is not anticipating anything. The
*programmer* anticipated conditions and programmed
the system to perform certain actions in response
to certain actions or information.

-- Janice

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