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Re: Dream Of A Machine Brain

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

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...

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