posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 06:01 PM
Forget Aliens for a sec.
Is it possible that robots could actually be among us? Human or...otherwise?
Part I: The Genetic Algorithm
For those that need a kicker: The genetic algorithm is just one part in advanced artificial intelligence. It is an algorithm (a 'sentence' of
mathematical formulas and variables the computer translates that we can read easily) that is a key part to advanced AI. The Gen-alg is an algorithm
that enables a program to run, and re-run a number of times, improving it's efficiency each time until it reaches a specific quality (or accuracy).
It includes factors such as natural selection, reproduction, and mutation to ensure that the program can create the most efficient replication of
itself. It will always run, even after it reaches optimum quality, and always keep evaluating itself.
What initially happens is that a population is generated. Each member of this population is called a solution. It is a solution to the problem of
achieving a specific efficiency. The members with a better efficiency and quality are selected (as in natural selection) and are paired. The parents
are crossed-over and the new member is formed. Typical biology. What I am saying is that, now that we have reached the point where anyone with
knowledge in advanced AI and the tools to create are able to create machines that improve themselves, when will we reach the point where we can
create a machine that can work to improve itself and has the tools to create ways for itself to improve?
Maybe we already have. Maybe an advanced people who have already had this tech at their disposal already achieved this? With us? All it needs is to be
about 100 years ahead of us technologically. Just something to ponder about