X-Message-Number: 16809
Date: Mon, 02 Jul 2001 02:09:22 -0700
From: Kennita Watson <>
Subject: Re: About the movie AI
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> From: 
> Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 11:51:51 EDT
> Subject: Re: About the movie AI
> My wife and I recently saw the movie 'AI' and came out with opposing feelings
> on the following premise:  I believe that the 'love chip' implanted in the 11
> year-looking robot is no different qualitatively than the evolutionary 'love
> chip', based on hormones, or whatever, that we humans have had since the dawn
> of humanity.  My wife, however, feels that robots as such can never
> experience  or feel true love,  that any so-called love chip would be like
> rote, or pure mimicry of love, not the real thing. Hence, love cannot be
> programmed.  (Incidentally, I am sure that the vast majority of people would
> side more with my wife's premise than my own, but hey, thats ok, its what
> makes life discussions exciting!)

What makes you think there's a "love chip"?  I think the complex network
of endocrine, cognitive, and physical phenomena known as "love" would 
require veryysop9histic capabilities to implement, but that such 
implementation is by no means impossible.  The simplest case would be to 
emulate the operation and connections of every neuron in your brain as 
it is currently wired.

May you live long and prosper,
Kennita Watson          |   I eschew arthropods --
     |     so don't bug me!
http://www.kennita.com  |

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