Every year, computers get closer to “thinking” like humans. Instead of following commands by rote, artificial intelligence can learn. Instead of processing one task at a time, neural networks use synthetic neurons to do many things at once.
In my mind, there are three forces colliding in the journey that leads down the road of ‘artificial intelligence’ and towards the creation of ‘synthesized minds.’
1: Imbue the system with human properties. This is the easy one, we look at ourselves, make a self-analysis and attempt to replicate this property in the synthetic system. The article above is talking about pursuing this strategy.
2: Properties we do not understand emerge spontaneously. This was the crux of the Redacted Report’s take on ADA, and whether you agree with it or not, it’s an interesting and important point of view.
3: We fear or mistrust those properties, so we try to find ways to prevent the synthesized system from being able to act or develop in certain ways. Asimov’s laws of robotics, or at the extreme edge, the Acolyte and Jarvis’s attitude and feelings towards AIs represent this force.
The three forces are like trends, some rising, others falling depending on what stage the technology is in…
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