Thursday, February 18, 2010

Artificial Flight from a Birds' Eye View

Artificial Flight and Other Myths (a reasoned examination of A.F. by top birds)

An essay mocking Strong AI detractors, from Dresden Codak (whose comic "Hob" is fantastic):

Gliding simplifies our lives, and no bird (including myself) would discourage advancing this field, but it is a far cry from synthesizing the millions of cells within the wing alone to achieve Strong A.F. Strong A.F., as it is defined by researchers, is any artificial flier that is capable of passing the Tern Test (developed by A.F. pioneer Alan Tern), which involves convincing an average bird that the artificial flier is in fact a flying bird.
 Alan Tern, The Great Orator.

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