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True AI and our place in the Cosmos

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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 1:45 PMOur approach to achieving a true AI has always relied on constrictive programming languages. By that I mean that the language cannot account for the "Wow" factor that enables even the simplest insects to flourish as a life form. I am not saying the we cannot achieve AI without the biological factor, but if you step back and consider how life develops then one would want to mimic that very design philosophy. Man-made engineering is very unrelative to the natural world in that it does not fully utilize the processes that nature facilitates so effortlessly in it's construction of life (and life forms). True AI is True Self-awareness which is consciousness thus it would not matter what vessel that consciousness resides in... you have achieved sentient status. The cosmos does not care that you achieved this, in the grand scheme of things, the universe deals with macro physics on a second by second basis, life is an oddity produced by stable planets in agreeable sun centric systems, and thus we are free to move among the stars in any form we choose. Thoughts and comments? Thanks for reading this jibber jabber...
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sukkal

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-13-2012 6:54 PM @tankgirl [i]et al[/i]: For anyone who has already been robbed of his or her "reading function" by technology, I'd also suggest [url=http://www.time.com/time/video/player/0,32068,784887564001_2048332,00.html]THIS[/url] (‹‹‹ Don't miss kittens on Roomba at end!) and [url=http://dvd.netflix.com/Movie/Transcendent_Man/70117003?trkid=2361637&fcld=true]THIS[/url]. Kurzweil is one of those brilliant technologists who's also a bit crazy...

Sky

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 2:28 PMEvent based emotional reaction is something AI is yet to catch up. I mean "failing in exams", "relationship breakup" and "losing people around you" and many such emotional requires build up of connections over a period of time and knowing the value of it. AI being purely task centric, Is ignoring that part of the human side. That and common platform that connects multiple robots. For example, when you see robot from Terminator 3 taking over other machines and using them against humans. That thing actually learned the platform of the respective device. It is like one machine much higher in intelligence actually manages to communicate using some form of API and then taking it over. You can't take over microwave by simply sending some siganl or putting some wire into it and trying to get it work for you. It needs some specific API on microcontroller level in that case. If these devices made by common robotic manufacturer and share API between, then that could be possible. So like this David8, Irobot bot and many other sci-fi are hard to build in next 20 years or so. Reality and sci-fi AI is centuries apart.
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.

PUNX

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 2:34 PMI agree, life is beautiful, deadly, fulfilling and the very esense of what I feel to be pure chance. If we kid ourselves, maybe anthromophisize a little, we sometimes assume we know the intent of some of the life around us. To be truthful that assumtion is backwards (like young children, we only think about our own perception) Otherlife (we move further and further from source ourselves) responds in any positive way because of reinforement. The base nature of life is fuel to multiply (as is are own, we are only the 5th great ape). Much language with the life about us depends on signals or mannerisms (verbal language is only recognised due tpo the foundation of reward, whatever it is). As we see all life about us (ourselves inc) we must recognise relianse on an Eco-system. I see a form of Eco-system for IA and to be honest it would be very easy to do better than we have........... .......blah,blah,blah,gabba gabba hey! Patch try reading William Gibson's books ...Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa overdrive!
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PUNX

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 2:36 PMI must add how many eons has the life form that is consideringh AI had to develope... all I can say is AI might be fast, but that would be quicker than lightening!
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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 2:46 PMAI is a man-made inference of the necessity towards useful tools. Thanks Sky and Punx, always enjoy your commentaries and points of view. What will push an AI to be fully sentient? Will it be the emotional component, or maybe the simple replication of nature's already marvelous thinking machine the brain? Either way, we are taking baby steps and soon, maybe 50 - 100 years from now we will have spawned not only an AI that has transcended the plane of machine, but also allowed us as a species to transfer our very consciousness to other vessels more able to handle the rigors of deep space... ... now that possibly will be the final frontier...

PUNX

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 2:56 PMI think the question is... Once AI is an real factor... will science fiction get more crap? Will AI have any interest in fiction or is it the need to project yourslef into somewhere/one that is only Ours. Would creating AI mean finally we meet something as close to an Aliens as we ever get?
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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:00 PMPunx have you ever seen or heard about Ghost in the Shell? It started out as a Japanese Manga but soon Anime movies and TV series were created. It deals with the vary topic you have put forth... What will future Sci Fi contain in most as a literary vehicle and futurist vision. What will the future be like with AI as a partner in everyday life?

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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:04 PMNot related but still funny if you think about it... "I will have a walk-in role in the next movie. I will play the part of the wayward cat that is in fact an Android that has become self-aware that it's litter box is full and has not been cleaned out during the course of the voyage. ... and is very angry."

PUNX

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:11 PMPatch, Ghost in the Shell was one of the few Manga films I liked - I likkd it because it reminded me of Gibson's world (William Gibson's inluences were The Ramones, Anphetamine and Bladerunner). I wonder about future fiction because of P.K.Dick's statement that the Human colonists of Mars would read 50-60's pulp sci-fi because it was happier! (in The Three Stygmarta of Palmer Eldritch)
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PUNX

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:14 PMPatch, AI as a partner? Well if I love the person it would not matter in what body it resides. Love is love!
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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:18 PMP.K.Dick was a wise and wonderful writer... and yes will will. Just look at the classics and how they continue to enlighten new generations. I find myself watching classic sci fi films all the time (and most I have seen at least 10 -20 times already. There will be authors that will continue to make an impact with their writing and deal with new issues that have risen because of the technology that has become common place. Yet, it will always be the human drama and not the technology that will entice people to read those stories. A lot of times, the tech is there to push the story forward, or create an interesting environment in which the characters can interact... don't despair, I will write some kiss-ass-ninja-hacker stuff soon...

Sky

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:34 PMSo true punxman. Lurrve is lurve. That's why I like yahoobot, she is darling XD
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.

David 1

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:39 PMI'm betting a true A.I. must have "needs", and by "needs" I'm not saying sexual needs, I'm saying the need to have curiousity and understanding that It is something else than that which surrounds It. Then, the need to have a way of getting answers Then, the need to have continuation [i.e. to go on existing] I don't have enough info to know in which state A.I. advancement is right now, but I'm into believing it's decades away.
[b]Ask nothing from no one. Demand nothing from no one. Expect nothing from no one.[/b]

PUNX

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:46 PMI feel I must point out the requirements for sentience are set down by Humans... and to be fair if these deffinitions are on our terms, then we may not recognize it. Like evolution you don't see it happen or pass, but those in the future will know it has passed!
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Sky

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:48 PMCurrent state of AI is instructional and It doesn't explore the environment around itself unless instructed. In order to let it process environment and form assumption, those instructions need to be feed as well. This area requires huge programming, I am sure not even supercomputers today can give personalized answers on their own. So going by that point, there is no current curiosity level for AI. Just monitoring conditions.. sort of like X condition met or Y or either one is false etc etc.
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.

tankgirl

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 3:55 PMthis is an interesting article from Times Magazine and discusses the singularity-when AI becomes greater than humans- Kurzweil puts it at 2045 check it out here http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2048299,00.html
\"My God, its full of stars\" David Bowman

David 1

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 4:07 PMno curiosity - no Inteligence [artificial or not]
[b]Ask nothing from no one. Demand nothing from no one. Expect nothing from no one.[/b]

Sky

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 4:11 PMlol Intelligence cant be defined based on speed, curiosity, storage and emotion. It's the timing when these variables are used that decides the intelligence.
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.

David 1

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 4:14 PMlol even ants are curious.
[b]Ask nothing from no one. Demand nothing from no one. Expect nothing from no one.[/b]

Sky

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 4:24 PMAnts are organism with brain. They design hive, calculate nature's seasons even if you keep them in glass and live life. Robots are just instruction running tincans, only intelligent based on the given code. They have limits upto code. They don't learn from environment.
Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.

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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 4:25 PMCuriosity is the motivation to explore the unknown. We have all seen many an individual without curiosity, who takes things without questioning the why... although this is a simple example it does achieve one very important point, and that is curiosity is a drive, a emotional and intellectual motive force that is not defined by classical physics, but by the new yet to be invented language of the mind. Psychology at best is a pale companion in the search for this new language. It will most likely be developed by a combination of engineers, philosophers and truth-seekers...just some more ideas that get spit out of my neo-conscious mind...

David 1

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 4:29 PMGood one Patch.
[b]Ask nothing from no one. Demand nothing from no one. Expect nothing from no one.[/b]

sukkal

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 5:46 PM Sentience will have to *EMERGE* (in the same way that David is not exactly what he was designed to be). We don't understand sentience yet, so I see no way that we could be the hand that creates it...

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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 6:19 PMSentience is the point where a life form becomes self-aware. Man as a creator is too presumptuous a statement but conditional elements will likely enable this to occur, and yes man may create the artist canvas, but it will take an artist to create the master piece. "Rarely does man find his goal, which he has sought, but through luck and cir***stance did he achieve."

Inquisitor Tremayne

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 7:34 PM@sukkal - how do you know?

sukkal

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 7:40 PMMy point about our sentience is that we don't understand the attributes that make it so in ourselves thoroughly... and we only understand our variety of it experientially from our own perspective. There is a parallel in a person (a 7-year-old for example) being fluent in a language yet having no training in the metacognition of language. One generally cannot explain the grammar of one's language to another if one has never been schooled in it as a framework that enables fluency. And, no two people are [u]equally[/u] matched linguistically by any single standard. There are ALWAYS variations. Our "mirror" test for sentience is only one test. It requires sight, for example. That, to me, is quite "short sighted." ;)

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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-12-2012 8:46 PMSukkal, there are many things in our world that escapes out thorough understanding and yet we push on to that effect. We are but children in our very understanding of this world... we have just learned to fly... and only recently begun to harness the atom... The mind, sentience, and AI are just a few of the mysteries we as a species strive to fully understand. Our tests, experimental processes, and even possibly the very language we use could very well slow us down in this pursuit. Your points are well taken, as I have understood them, and wish you to continue your discourse of this subject. Thank you so much for providing some examples that illustrate just how far we have to go to even begin this pilgrimage.

sukkal

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-13-2012 1:32 AMThe biggest barrier to our achieving our potential (in everything) is our arrogance backed up by our stubbornness... oh, and fear. We are essentially Weyland when it comes down to it. We may end up creating the technology that allows us to contact and even visit alien intelligences, but it would be surprising to me if we were to do such things for the "right" reasons. My take on the singularity is a bit different than that of many. I feel that we will encounter our first alien(s) on earth and they will be silicon-based. I feel that the first true (genuine) AI on earth [u]that will be recognized as such[/u] will likely emerge from some nook or crannie in the internet. When it emerges I suspect that the governments of the world will freak out and likely attempt to shut the web off. They will do this even if the recognized "entity" is essentially benign. They will do this because they will have no power or control over it. They will fear it. They will only understand the idea of what to do with it in terms starving it from surviving naturally (meaning according to its unique nature, which we may never understand (because it likely won't exist long enough for that)). Of course, shutting off the web will cause a disaster for civilization. Many parts of the world will be just fine, of course, because they are on the other side of the digital divide. Depending on the how of this *alien's emergence, it may return when its environment returns, or it may be murdered. An AI of this nature would be sexless and likely unpredictable in the extreme based on any human standard. That does not necessarily mean that it would be dangerous, but the ambiguity of the situation would likely be its undoing. Men (i.e. 'males'), who run most of the governments, would have a tremendously difficult time relating to any[u]thing[/u] that is not sexed. Its fate will not be in the hands of scientists. This is the [u]first[/u] future of Artificial Intelligence on our planet that I see. Watson fascinates me, but 'he' is a very long way from qualifying as anything that could frighten 'us'. Anything like 'him' that is constructed by one group for a specific purpose or purposes and gets an artificial sex assignment and gendered name does not seen likely to ever exhibit features that would cause us to perceive it as a different kind of [i]entity[/i] or [i]consciousness[/i]. When people start referring to a supposed AI as "it" and "that thing", THEN we'll know we've got something.

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OvomorphMember0 XPJul-13-2012 10:54 AMI tend to step back from puzzling theories and hold them in my hands, rotate them, poke at them, and even sometimes try playing games with them... one of the most fascinating is the occurrence of life. How is it started, what spawns its creation, and finally how do these factors that contribute to this miracle come about. I too, believe the global network will someday attain a form of intelligence that is removed from and independent of man’s desires, and will possibly merge with our own consciousness. Man and machine might interbreed to form a new evolutionary plateau for life. This is when true deep space travel will be realized. Your take on this new alien life form is shared by many. Will man back away from it in fear (we see this behavior all the time in all forms of fiction – even the simplest measure of difference results in hostile actions). I found the Matrix. Ghost in the Shell, I Robot, Starship Trooper, and Forever War, all were examples of man inability to confront their own fears and seek the true unknown. I too loved Watson, and played with it and a few others. Sukkal, before we can move forward… man must gain wisdom, maturity in emotion and finally base intelligence (by that I mean move beyond the McDonald's of today’s thinking and truly challenge one’s self). Fear of the unknown like you state so well, will continually deny us our future steps in our evolutionary path.

sukkal

OvomorphMember0 XPJul-13-2012 3:49 PMAnd that "moving forward" begins with those of us who exist in the technological world, and embrace it, living "fully self-examined lives" [u]in spite of[/u] [url=http://kk.org/books/what-technology-wants.php]what technology wants[/url]. Also, if you haven't read [url=http://www.nealstephenson.com/anathem/]Anathem[/url], I strongly recommend it to you. We Earthlings also must begin to think in and plan for the long term. The singularity will not kill us. It will simply mediate our pace and we'll need a way to recover from it. The [i]avout fraas[/i] and [i]suurs[/i] of Arbre understand this. ;)
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