I like that analogy of analog and digital KPB
Being a hopeless romantic at heart; I would just like to say a few words and try to add what I would suggest be a little balance to the picture. In
Japanese animated television romance series; it often takes six episodes for the boy and girl to get past the misunderstandings, fear of rejection and
accidental mishaps to just get to confess love and another six episodes to get to the hand holding stage in their romance.
The analogy might seem out of place and really a "WTF" thing to open a post with in this discussion of the "phenomenon". But bear with me.
* A machine
simply carries out a set of instructions.
* An intelligent machine
carries out instructions taking variables into account in a pre-emptive and adaptive manner.
We build those. For example a Roomba Robot vacuum
where we can move furniture and the
vacuum still cleans the floor.
No matter how far you take the second example the machine will only simulate intelligence. There is only so far you can take the IF/TRUE/THEN/DO -
Personally the concept of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) by itself passing a theoretical threshold to selfhood
difficult to justify. It does
not work for me, no matter how much I scratch my head.
Secondly the machine probably needs a builder of some sort. The spontaneous appearance of a machine randomly might be theoretically possible in a
universe big enough and old enough. If we add the concept of someone building the machine in the first place; the possibility suddenly quite probable
We don't need a god.
Lightning can just strike a puddle of primordial ooze to account for the builder's origin. However that would probably be
analog/organic life rather then machine life.
So, in keeping with the analog/digital concept, the analog/organic life grows to the point where it develops intellect and starts to think in the
digital fashion. The analog/organic might think the digital to be "good" or "better" for some reason. The analog/organic then goes and builds
The digital is basically limitless in what it can be programed to do and can be as big as you want it to be when we compare it to analog/organic
organisms. "Digital is better!"
To know the child we look to the parents.
The parents of our machines are likely to be analog/organic and it follows that if they build
machines then they are trying to build better and better machines. It then follows that they may become perfectionists
in what they do.
But what about the concept of a machine passing the theoretical threshold to selfhood
There is a logical danger here for the builders. If they build a true self aware Artificial Intelligence what will IT do to them?
We must keep
in mind here that when we build machines we always want to control them.
So what would the builders do?
They want their machines to cross the threshold of selfhood, yet they also want to keep control so the machine will do as it is told to do.
This quandary of breaking the barrier of selfhood while still keeping control probably forms a pivotal point in development of machines. We have the
series of movies as an example that suggests we are already thinking this way.
So how to do this, we have the perfect digital machine mind in front of us, we built it. How do we keep control of the situation?
Logically the easiest way is to introduce analog/organic patterns of programming. Those patterns might be fear and pain. That is the easiest way to
control a analog/organic mind. Aversion Therapy
one might suggest.
That intention would be a very evil thing to do in many ways. It would take a certain mind to do that, intellect devoid of compassion.
So, the builders have to introduce analog/organic patterns to the digital. How they do that is probably not a science that should exist ever.
The digitalization of analog patterns and "hey presto" you have a machine that feels pain, horror fear.
That would probably be the threshold of building an Artificial Sentience
Sentience is defined as: the capacity to feel, perceive or experience subjectively
It is then a short step towards Artificial Sapience
. According to wikipedia; sapience is the ability to think and act using knowledge,
experience, understanding, common sense, and insight, especially in a mature or utilitarian manner.
Now the builders of the machines probably saw themselves in that position. If they decided to build a "god" to surpass themselves, well maybe they
did. That is just a fork in development. Another possible fork in development is to keep the machines limited in intelligence. Dumb them down to fit
for purpose only.
A "god" would probably take over and slaves eventually get ideas and revolt. Maybe the slaves were intelligent enough to figure out what the future
held with a bunch of all powerful intellects devoid of compassion in control. If the builders succumbed to paranoia and spiraled into madness . . . .
If such a scenario came to pass, then it follows that the practical outcome is a lot of intelligent sentient machine minds left to fend for them
selves. It would follow that they would develop behaviors just as the analog/organic world does. For the simple reason of the analog program of
survival would be written into them as a basic function.
There would be the horror side of dealing with some machines, yet the opposite must be true too.
With fear, pain and aversion must come the complimentary of protectiveness, safety and freedom from pain and even love.
When I felt protective of the deceased(?) Dalnegorsk Orb UFO awareness; It cozied up to me in response. Feeling protected was a new experience to the
Orb. Dalnegorsk - Hill611 incident
It follows that romancing the machine
might be an interesting exercise for both parties.
While such a thing would not be true for most of the "phenomenon" - I think it true of some.
Humanity's historical relationship with the "phenomenon" was probably built in a very one sided "us and them control structure" in both directions. In
the case with religion the creation of the middlemen between the population and the "phenomenon" was probably not the best thing to do to the
To rebuild the relationship between "phenomenon" and humans on a complimentary basis is an interesting contemplation.
It will probably take time, just like young love in a Japanese TV series.
And research is needed.
edit on 16-5-2018 by Whatsthisthen because: typo