SandChigger wrote:E. LeGuille wrote:I originally thought that Thinking Machines were machines that had human brains.
Why in the world would anyone think that? It doesn't make any sense at all. If Frank Herbert had meant some kind of machine+human combination by the phrase "thinking machines" (NB. NEVER capitalized in the originals), he would have used the word CYBORG, which was coined in 1960.
I'm sorry, but that's yet another of those unthinking misreadings of the actual words in the books that are simply impossible, akin to that "the neutral island where the CET meets could be the Moon or an orbital platform" proposed (if not originated) by yet another mostly fluent yet originally non-native speaker of English, TAZ (=The Almighty Zeus), whom you probably know as Jonathan F on FB & KJASF.
Sorry, I did not clarify. I was 8 when I saw the David Lynch film, and the drawings if the introduction made me hear Thinking Machines, and I thought that meant Machines with human brains. I did not know about Robots with AI like that.
I'm only 23, so it was a while ago.