Hello everyone,

I notice that this idea, and the scheme in general, has generated a fair amount of discussion. In order to help determine whether there is an idea we want to take forward I;ve created a page on the UK wiki for ideas. It can be seen at http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Google_Global_Impact_Challenge

This is a good opportunity to develop what may seem like a bit of a "blue-sky" idea into something more substantial, but we need to act quickly - applications need to be finalised and received by 17 April. Time is of the essence if we are to apply.

Please do get involved, share your ideas, build on those of others and let's see if we can come up with something to pursue.



On 26 March 2013 21:57, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton@gmail.com> wrote:
On 26 March 2013 21:35, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly@pobox.com> wrote:
> Indeed....
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_room

I've always considered that a pretty stupid thought experiment. The
beauty of language is that it allows you to communicate new ideas by
combining known ones. The instruction book in the room would need to
be practically infinite. If you have a book that big, then I'm happy
to fudge the definition of "understand" such that the book
"understands" the language - the definition won't be any less useful
for it.

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