Tue, Aug 18, 2009
In a sense, you and Lenoir seem to be tugging at (or perhaps avoiding) the interdependence of language and human cognition. The co-evolution of self-awareness and linguistic structures (ie abstract symbolic representation) is not likely something that would simply arise in an appropriately programmed AI. Yet any sentient intelligence seems to necessarily evolve through the acquisition of and interaction with a representational language in order for it to evolve a true sense of Self & Other. Furthermore, the construction & evolution of language, and the attendant construction of the self, is a social phenomena requiring interaction, not simply good programming.
But I'm now re-iterating the great AI debate... Nevertheless, it's interesting that this article acknowledges the primacy of language in cognition and sentience.