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Re: Dream Of A Machine Brain

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

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

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