Littlebear wrote:Will there ever be a robot president?
Battlestar Gallactica is the most recent to hit on this well. Actually, it beats it into a bloody pulp, nurses it back to health and then hits it a lot more.
devora wrote:Haven’t heard a good Golem story since sittin’ on Daddy’s knee. Thing about his one was, if ya substitute “neighbor’s dog” for Golem, it just seems like a basic “neighbors are a pain and can be cruel” story that had fantasy elements forced into it. Did I miss something? I mean, if you’re gonna put Golem in, ought there not to be something Golemesque (SP?!) about its plight?
All that said, I enjoyed it, as usual.
Mr. Tweedy wrote:F5iver wrote:As long as you're willing to entertain the thought of self-replicating computer programs as being alive. They takes bites of bits and turn them into new programs. Yay!
A computer program does not replicate itself. The computer on which it is running replicates it. A program is just a list of instructions until an external agent comes along, reads them and follows them.
If a self-replicating computer program is alive, then so is a piece of paper on which is written "Copy these words onto another sheet." The paper cannot copy itself: It has to wait for a someone who is literate an has a pencil. A computer program is the same.
strawman wrote:I can't agree. Following the same logic, people are obligated to supportively interact with any needy person who becomes obsessed with them.
Unless you're saying we should treat animals better than humans. Which I think you'd get more support for Tribbles than Wandering Spiders.
ROU Killing Time wrote:So does it follow that the information in DNA does not replicate itself, The computer on which the DNA is running (i.e. the physical universe which contains the DNA) reads the instructions on the DNA and executes them, thereby replicating the DNA? In this sense, are we any more alive than the self-replicating code in the computer, just with more data storage and bandwidth?
tastycakes wrote:I liked the Golem story from Eastern Europe where the guy that brings the Golem to life ends up getting squashed to death by the Golem. Anyone know which story I'm referring to? I can't remember all the details, but I have a picture next to the Golem statue.
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