RE: Group Think

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From: Dan Brickley (
Date: Sun Sep 17 2000 - 02:53:02 PDT

On Sun, 17 Sep 2000, Mark Day wrote:

> > Ya know, this was considered crazy when it was just Doug Lennat
> > doing it...
> >
> >,1282,38745,00.html
> And it seems less crazy now? I guess you're right in the sense that this
> stuff is so loopy that it makes Lenat's work look very sane and sober. He
> knew he was pursuing a particular hypothesis that required a big investment
> to test, and he took steps to make sure that he got something useful from
> that investment. These projects seem more like the fantasies of 9-year-olds
> mixing household products together to produce "potions": "If we just get
> enough input from people around the world, we'll get AI!"

Quite. However if they fixed things up a little, their
(utterly doomed) attempt to do AI this way might at least provide the
rest of us with an interesting mountain of semi-structured Web data...


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