Re: answers I'd like from an SI

From: Norman Noman (
Date: Sat Nov 17 2007 - 13:03:36 MST

On Nov 17, 2007 2:52 AM, Stathis Papaioannou <> wrote:
> On 17/11/2007, Norman Noman <> wrote:
> > The idea that we have mostly explored the possible when it comes to
> > the human brain and what it can be made to do, is absurd to me.
> The unaugmented human brain probably hasn't done one really new thing
> in tens of thousands of years, so why would it start now?

Because, in our little hypothetical scenario, a superintelligent AI is
pushing the buttons. That's kind of the point.

> > Our
> > understanding of the mind's limits is so poor that we can be outdone
> > by accidents, as in the case of the man who gained unusual powers of
> > memory after being hit in the head by a baseball.
> Do you have a reference for this, preferably with before and after tests?

It might have been in the hurricane in the barn, or one of those other
oliver sacks books, I can't remember. He started remembering the

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