From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:00:26 -0000 Archived: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:53:37 -0500 Subject: Re: Dream Of A Machine Brain >From: Jason Gammon <boyinthemachine.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 01:42:40 -0500 (EST) >Subject: Re: Dream Of A Machine Brain >I would normally not waste anyone's time on a mere dream but I >thought this might be helpful to at least one person out there >who thinks outside the box. To be specific, perhaps an >individual out there in a positron of designing A.I. or perhaps >some one researching avenues other than the standard computer >chip may find this somehow useful. Ah! Jason, the clue to meaning of the dream might be in the little Freudian slip in your post: 'positron' for 'position'. Perhaps you have been reading too much Asimov? Or did I Robot (the movie) leave you with a subconscious fear of computers with the capability of changing the rules according to which they function? FWIW, my own take on AI and its potential hazards is that deliberate human attempts to create AI will flounder for the foreseeable future simply because we are so far away from understanding what intelligence is and how it works. Every time we pull off a neat mechanical trick in computing or the description of brain functioning we kid ourselves that we are on the verge of some big breakthrough that will lead to functional AI. In effect we are like cavemen improving the wheel and believing that the next step will be manned flight. That doesn't mean that AI isn't just around the corner. My hunch is that AI will arise accidentally out of the nexus between computing and communications. For example, Adaptive smart agents embedded in telecoms networks to carry out self-healing functions might start to evolve and communicate unobserved to form a networked 'brain' that achieved consciousness, self- awareness and then intelligence at incredible speed compared with the development rates characteristic of biological evolution. Self-concealment might be have been programmed into the process by human agency as a result of something as innocent as a commercial requirement to minimise maintenance costs. As the telecoms networks become increasingly pervasive (power generation, military drone and remote control warfare, surveillance systems, vast swathes of human knowledge electronically archived) so the reach of the intelligence becomes ubiquitous and the information available to it practically infinite. In the resultant scenario the nature, functionality and objectives of this artificial intelligence would be ineluctably obscure to its human creators. Dream on Jason, but beware of who might be calling the shots when you wake... Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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