Originally Posted by acidzebra
No Steve, you are wrong. What we refer to with "magic" is your claim that a human brain has "ability beyond mere number-crunching that allows a human brain to output something that was not input" - we are not referring to not completely understanding the depths and workings of the human mind. Although you might be surprised at the advances in neuroscience - I frequently am.
Of course the design of the brain is different from a processor. So is an artificial neural net. But we can EMULATE a neural net on a traditional processor. Barring magic pixie dust, there is no good reason why we could not emulate a human brain in the same way, eventually.
Well, if (by your statement) you think the "ability beyond mere number-crunching that allows a human brain to output something that was not input" would be magic, that's fine... I do not. And the fact that a processor can EMULATE a biological function is not nearly the same as saying both functions work the same way... they do not. We may understand the human brain well enough in the future to know exactly how it does the things it does, but we are not there now.
Weren't we talking about idea ownership, anyway?