In this article, CEIBS Professor of Economics and Finance Xu Xiaonian told a conference yesterday that “The fundamental source of Wall Street’s meltdown is caused by Federal Reserve overissuing currency.”
The article continues: "We know we are in trouble when the Chinese Communist Party sound like bastions of sound money policy and fiscal conservatism in comparison to the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve, who in creating more money out of thin air continue to bail out their friends on Wall Street while the economic future of hundreds of millions of American citizens is sold down the river."
Apparently several hundred people were arrested recently in St. Paul during the Republican National Convention for no probable cause. This is a blatant violation of the US Constitution, and a lawsuit is being considered.
"I can't endorse somebody that disagrees with me on all the major issues -- on the federal reserve system, on spending and taxes, and No Child Left Behind, and McCain-Feingold, and foreign policy especially. I mean I could never support somebody who thinks that its funny to say "bomb, bomb, bomb Iran." That to me is not somebody I could endorse ever." - Ron Paul
In the last part of this series I listed the main reasons I'd love to try and make a Mind. In this part I list some of the features I'd like a Mind to have.
What kind of features would I like a Mind to have?
ability to remember things
ability to model the environment, including itself
a values system that assigns goodness/badness to various states
the ability to be encoded digitally for copying/transmission purposes
hardware independence so the "brain" can be upgraded
high resolution self-introspection (so the mind can see exactly how it works)
ability to communicate internal state (bored, happy, frustrated, etc.)
ability to allocate internal resources effectively (focus of attention)
ability to resolve constraints (pattern recognition)
ability to edit itself
rigorous deduction/inductive reasoning
understanding of probabilities
supports multiple data input streams and output streams (audio, video, etc.)
plugin architecture to accomodate new I/O streams
partitioning (ability to focus on several things at the same time)
I'm sure I'll think of more features over the next few weeks that I'll add to this list, but I think it's a good start.
The Human brain has some of these features but is unfortunately lacking in some key areas such as the ability to be copied, hardware independence, rigorous reasoning (in most cases), and understanding of probabilities. The book Kluge goes into plenty of detail about the various weaknesses of the Human brain, and I highly recommend it.