Back in 2008 a number of interesting videos started to appear on YouTube posted by a someone calling themselves “Programmer FF”. The videos claimed to demonstrate a prototype Artificial Intelligence Program known as Eidolon TLP. Whether or not Eidolon TLP represents an AI conceptual demonstration, a high-tech performing arts project or an elaborate joke by a creative programmer is unknown. What interests EBG is the public reaction to the videos and how the “interactions” with YouTube users sparked discussions about AI and the Technological Singularity. Whatever one chooses to believe Eidolon TLP is or was it stands as an example of what a self aware Artificial Intelligence could look like one day. Our editors have selected some of the more interesting videos here but there are many more. Most of which are answers to write in questions posed by YouTube users to Eidolon TLP. As you watch these videos keep in mind that the Eidolon TLP website tag line reads “this is just an elaborate joke”. If it is or is not is up to the viewer to decide. Take a look…
For decades we have dreamed of using AI and speech to interact with our computers. Countless companies have tried to create this technology and make it usable for the masses. Today Apple gave us a first look at their amazing AI personal assistant called Siri. It listens to you, it understands you and it does what you ask it to do. Siri is a Artificial intelligence personal assistant that allows you to use your iPhone and iPad by simply using your voice. According to technology review;“The technology behind Siri originated in a DARPA-funded research project conducted at private research lab SRI International, and was used to launch a start-up company and the Siri iPhone app in 2009. Siri draws on a number of online sources of information, from weather feeds to local business reviews, as well as the question-and-answer search engine WolframAlpha. Siri is able to find restaurants in response to a query such as “Find me a great Greek restaurant in Palo Alto,” and even offers to book a table. Wolfram Alpha allows Siri to handle requests like “How many dollars is 45 euros?” The personal assistant is also able to take charge of a person’s phone and do things like set alarms or meeting reminders in response to commands like “wake me up at 6 a.m. tomorrow.” Source Technology Review With Siri the future is finally here and best of all its just the beginning.
BTW Remember the Knowledge Navigator from 20 years ago? Who says dreams can’t come true?
IBM has created a supercomputer that functions like a human brain. It’s called SyNAPSE or Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics and it has the ability to learn. According to DARPA; “The vision for the SyNAPSE program is to develop electronic neuromorphic machine technology that scales to biological levels. SyNAPSE supports an unprecedented multidisciplinary approach coordinating aggressive technology development activities in the following areas: hardware, architecture, simulation, and environment.” Source: DARPA This technology could change the world and as such it is likely that its very existence will stir both wonder in some and deep fears in others.
Editors note: As we approach the Singularity it is important to keep a level head and an open mind about these ground breaking developments. There will always be the need to ask questions, have debates and consider the implications of what it means to live in a world of thinking machines. At EBG we see debate about these topics as a good thing, but fear and millenarian proclamations about this development or that development only serve to stifle healthy debate and ultimately contributes to a world view that sees technology only as something to fear.
Many believe the exponential accelerating pace of technological development will eventually lead to a Technological Singularity. For the first time we will have the ability to create machines endowed with super intelligence and possibly consciousness. The prospect of such a reality evokes fascination and hope in some while stirring fear and paranoia in others. The coming technological singularity is poised to create one of the most divisive debates humanity has ever undertaken. Some scholars like Hugo de Garis, believe that it could lead to a war what he calls an “Artilect War” making the nuclear arms race of the last century pale in comparison. In a world divided between homo-sapiens, cybernetically augmented humans and super intelligent “Artilects” or (artificial intellects) species dominance could come to define the nature of all global politics. According to de Garis ; “this will be the worst, most passionate war that humanity has ever known, because the stakes – the survival of our species have never been so high.”: Source Forbes
In the documentary “Building Gods” film maker Ken Gumbs explores the implications of creating “god like” super intelligent machines. The film includes interviews with a theologian, a philosopher, a “brain builder” and a researcher that has conducted several successful cybernetic proof of concept procedures on himself.
Read more: The Artilect War by Hugo de Garis
Intelligence embedded within Amazonian plant biology and Google as a Consciousness entity? These are just some of the topics covered in this interesting and unusual techno-metaphysical TED talk by Social Media strategists and developers Rome Viharo and Maf Lewis. Their work suggests that; “there is a likelihood that Google’s search algorithm may already be sentient, what it means, and what it represents as a metaphor for collective problem solving”. Source: Viharo and Lewis
For more on the concept of “Google Consciousness” go to Googleconsciousness.com
To find out more about the concept of “Plant Consciousness” see “Plants, Consciousness & Transformation” by Terence McKenna
In this fascinating documentary Stephen L. Thaler, Ph.D. illustrates how a radically different form of AI using artificial neural networks of Imagitrons and Perceptrons can actually create their own logic and learn by using simple rules that arise spontaneously from unintelligent natural means. In this two part system imagination and perception combine to create a brainstorming dialogue within the Creativity Machine to from a model of cognition and true machine intelligence. The machines Thaler creates can literally think for themselves there by eliminating the need to engineer intelligence via sophisticated programming schemes. These Creativity Machines as they are called, can both imitate and produce creative thinking. The design of automobiles, aircraft and music compositions have all be accomplished using Creativity Machines. The implications of Thalers work are truly astounding and could advance the field of AI by many decades.