From: Jason Gammon <boyinthemachine.nul> Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:19:50 -0500 (EST) Archived: Sat, 12 Jan 2013 06:51:12 -0500 Subject: Re: Dream Of A Machine Brain >From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:00:26 -0000 >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? Unfortunately the truth is more closer to a slip of the fingers on the keyboard than a freudian slip. >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... I'm betting on the reverse-engineering of the human brain, which is currently underway. However, I do not believe there will ever be an anouncement that A.I. is now as intelligent as a human being, even if it is. Jason Gammon 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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