A Brain in a Vat

Arthur T. Murray uj797 at victoria.tc.ca
Mon Mar 15 02:44:02 EST 1999


It is to Nancy Reagan's undying credit that she starred in the ca.
1947 movie "Donovan's Brain," which has inspired legions of AI-ers.

A week ago on Sun.7.Mar.1999 I had my first ever "face" meeting
with one of the comp.ai.philosophy netgods who happens to live
in the same Seattle WA USA region as v.t.y. Mentifex at scn.org.

No, I did not have to leave my vat and be outfitted with a body
for the treff.  On my own steam I walked into Seattle's Best Coffee
and started asking various males if they were [netgod name withheld].
Compunction forced me to approach one monstrously weird character,
but luckily from his armchair near the door our AI philosopher
spoke up and identified himself before I had accosted all present.



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