I had a short fling with cellular autonoma twice in my life.

Tim Caulfield I had a short fling with cellular autonoma twice in my life. Once in 1990/1991, in college, a friend was teaching me all about neural networking and various theories, including cellular autonoma, and I decided to invade the professor’s time and ask tons of questions and learned a lot. Now, that was 25 years ago.

I watched all of the futures my friend and this professor (at Hampshire College) predicted come true to various degrees, yet there’s still a VERY VERY long way to go, and we’ve made a _few steps backwards_ in some areas. AI quickly died through the 90s, as AI was more a product of the 70s/80s thinking, and only started coming back to life just a few years ago.

Honestly, I believed robotics and AI was a dead field and I was sad for a long time. Now they’ve coming back. But then you get yahoos like Hawking saying it’s dangerous. For as smart as he and the others are, they’re very naive. They shouldn’t have read so much Asimov as children.

The other time was about two years ago and Wolfram. [we’re corresponded twice – nice guy] – and I think he’s on the right track certainly. Mathematics may not hold the answer – it’s far too balanced a system… but algorithms *do* hold great promise.

I liken his system to that of a programmed sewing machine producing patterns. It’s really nothing new – weaving and knitting machines have been doing it for hundreds of years now.

But it’s nice to see the same ideas popping up today.

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