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AndrewfOP
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5/12/2014 | 5:05:06 PM
I think, therefore I am.
Though I count myself as a programmer and fancy myself as someone who could duplicate any computer technology if given reasonable amount of time and resources, I never thought singularity is ever a possibility within the existence of humanity. All computer programs, including the various AI technologies available are essentially logical step breakdowns of processes.

When the best that the philosophy, which tries to provide simple and basic logical principles for human consciousness, can offer from one of its best, René Descartes, is only "I think, therefore I am", what chance does a computer program have in answering this most unanswerable philosophical question: what defines a man/consciousness? What is a thought anyway? How can one break down an original thought if it takes more original thinkings to do so? Do we need more and larger original thinking to define the first set of original thinking? What's next? Third set of original thinking for the second set?
Thomas Claburn
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5/8/2014 | 3:48:46 PM
Re: And why exactly should this surprise us?
>Why would AI want to mimic a human?

Also, why would we want AI to mimic a human? We don't want our software to have doubts, reservations, alternate opinions, or ideas of its own. We want software to be obedient. Code lays down rules with statements like:

if <condition>:

   do this

else:

   do that

 

Imagine what a pain it would be to have software raise its own objections. I don't fear artificial intelligence but I do worry about natural stupidity.
Thomas Claburn
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5/8/2014 | 12:54:22 PM
Re: Really?
Comparing the development of digital music fidelity to the advancement of AI doesn't work as an analogy because the difference between analog and digital is well-understood. Not so human consciousness. If Tononi's model is correct -- and there's still debate about that -- then we simply can't model human consciousness on a computer. We may get something functionally similar, but we won't be able to compare AI to the conscious mind because the latter will remain a black box.
Laurianne
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5/8/2014 | 12:42:02 PM
AI Vs. human consciousness
"Under this definition, consciousness behaves like a hash function." Interesting analogy, Tom.


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