McEwan’s Rule of Relative Importance: When traveling with a herd of elephants, don’t be the first to lie down and rest.
Bruce Blumberg – question to think about: Is curiosity a “thing”, that is, an adaptive specialization, or a collection of mechanisms that together produce what we call curiosity?
“Unlike biological offspring, which are made by chemical processes just like those that make bacteria, robots will be consciously shaped by our uniquely human minds, by thoughts more representative of who we are than the unconscious biochemistry in our cells. The first generations of robots will start with our values, skills and dreams and take them much further than our old form possibly could. They will certainly be descended from us (from who else?). Sure, the medium which carries information from generation to generation will have changed from DNA to something more versatile. But, as in the case of the transition from vinyl records to music CDs, it is the tune that matters, not the platter.” – Moravec
Rolls: defines a representation as something you can manipulate
“My favourite piece of information is that Branwell Bronte, brother of Emily and Charlotte, died standing up leaning against a mantelpiece, in order to prove it could be done. This is not quite true, in fact. My absolute favourite piece of information is the fact that young sloths are so inept that they frequently grab their own arms and legs instead of tree limbs, and fall out of trees. That reminds me of another favourite piece of information: there is a large kink in the trans-Siberian railway because when the Czar (I don’t know which Czar it was because I am not in my study at home I’m leaning against something shamefully ugly in Michigan and there are no books) decreed that the trans-Siberian railway should be built, he drew a line on a map with a ruler. The ruler had a nick in it.”
“It’s the queers. They’re in it with the aliens. They’re building landing strips for gay Martians, I swear to God”