Science: Intelligence Amplifier

Computer experts are fascinated by the question: Will thinking machines ever be as intelligent as the human brains that create them? Dr. W. Ross Ashby of Britain, a mathematically minded psychiatrist, believes that the machines can at least "amplify" human intelligence just as the engine of a bulldozer amplifies the muscle power of the man who controls it.

In Automata Studies, Dr. Ashby explains how an intelligence amplifier might be constructed. "It has often been remarked," he says, "that any random sequence, if long enough, will contain all the answers." So a machine for solving problems too complex for the human brain...

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