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Chris Malcolm cam at holyrood.ed.ac.uk
Wed Feb 10 12:31:27 EST 1999

Michael Edelman <mje at mich.com> writes:

>Humans can drive a car, smoke a cigarette, drink coffee and carry on
>a phone conversation simultaneously.

Some find it necessary to stop smoking in order to drink (and vice
versa), and some swallow the coffee backwards and choke if they try to
drink and speak at the same time. The police are also likely to
prosecute if you try this, since they don't believe it can be done
with adequate safety and reliability by anyone not trained in police
driving techniques. You may have hit upon one of the limits of the
human brain.
Chris Malcolm    cam at dai.ed.ac.uk         +44 (0)131 650 3085
Department of Artificial Intelligence,    Edinburgh University
5 Forrest Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2QL, UK                DoD #205

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