a reply to: JohnPhoenix
Crowdsourcing is probably the best way to entertain the creation of an AI, it tends to keep the end product away from the corporations and military
who are always quick to usurp research for their own or hidden benefit.
The real problem however is in the definition of AI. A linear predictive, semi-randomized or structured machine can learn and it can formulate
decisions based on it's learned history/programming. However is that AI? I'd say no, it is the emulation of an AI based on a very restrictive set of
rules with no emotive based rationalization.
Do we define an AI as having a conscience, some set of programmed or learned rules, so it can make AI decisions somewhat like a human makes decisions?
Again, no, it's still an emulation of an AI model, just with a slightly better rule set and with an emotive emulation base.
Maybe we could define an AI has having the capability of all five senses plus a conscience and full learning capability based on some very complex
rule set as well as senses and a "conscience." No, it's still not a true AI, it is still an emulation of AI based on a system with sensory capability
that uses an extremely complex rule set that utilizes and emotive base to provide additional decision making capabilities. In all of these cases, in
order to create the emulation of AI, we must apply some or all of these rules.
Now, what if you took the last example and rather than apply a very complex set of rules, you used a few basic rules like humans, very limited in
scope, in a sense so limited the AI had the intelligence, senses and learning capability of a new born infant and simply let it learn in much the same
way a child learns. That might, just might, produce a true AI if there is no unseen human-human connection. It would take years for the AI to learn
and in the end you could have anything from a conscienceless monster to Mother Teresa or Jesus Christ or some thing that called itself Bob, but if you
made many, you might just get exactly one, that worked the way you wanted. Since the AI is a machine, then you could download it's memory and
replicate it to mass produce many more application safe AI machines.
I think crowdsourcing is the answer to this endeavor, however it is a very expensive and time consuming program.
ETA in going over your OP, after the AI has developed in the last scenario and is capable of exponential learning, yeah, throw them all onto the
internet and see what happens. There is a reasonable probability that it would create a better AI, which in return would create an even better AI, ad
Cheers - Dave
edit on 5/9.2014 by bobs_uruncle because: the ETA