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I added the home page of Clausen Profit Systems, Inc. to my home page (a spam send-up). Enjoy ;-)

Also, had a conversation with pfh about AI. "Godel, Escher, Bach" / "Metamagical Themas" promotes the idea that creativity is the ability to find something that is relevant (which is rather loosely defined). This sounds about right to me. For example, thinking up a joke in conversation, or just coming up with a new idea. But there seems to be a difference between this, and, say reading, where you have to come up with the relevent meaning from text. But perhaps it is the same thing... (they're both HARD problems from a computational point of view)

Open question: is finding a relevant object the same as pattern matching? Or is pattern matching the equivalent of determining if something is relevant, given the object and context?

Also, methinks good music composition (i.e. good by my standards ;-) is AI complete. Good musicians come up with material that is "new", in the sense that you don't get bored of it, because it sounds like something you've heard before. Yet, it's still similar (eg: same instruments, similar tone, etc.) to what came before. (Here's a paradox: good music must be different, yet it must be the same). Anyway, I think coming up with new things is linked to finding something that is relevant (as I waved my hands about, above).

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