Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 28th May 2012 03:53 UTC
General Development FuriousFanBoys interviews Ben Goertzel regarding Artificial Intelligence. Ben started the OpenCog project (an open sourced AI non-profit), acts as an adviser to the Singularity University, and currently bounces back between Hong Kong and Maryland building in-game AI.
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by kwan_e on Mon 28th May 2012 04:48 UTC
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Does an individual neuron know of the consciousness* of the entire network? Likewise, would an individual human know about the consciousness of the entire internetwork?

I would say the internet could well be considered conscious. Activity in the network, with humans as the neurons, has caused civilization wide changes in the physical world. It's also something that seems to only be increasing in frequency and range.

* I use "consciousness" and not "intelligence" deliberately, because what is traditionally considered "intelligent" has already been achieved in machines.

Artificial intelligence is in some way a misnomer and a forever shifting goalpost. It's always compared to human intelligence, which is a bit unfair and mostly useless, because we can't even define or quantify what human intelligence is. If there exists an alien race with much higher intelligence which we won't comprehend, they might consider us and our algorithms to be on the same level of unintelligence.

Our intelligence is completely tied to our evolutionary needs, and so is the intelligence of machines. Just like we have mostly dominated the natural world with our evolved intelligence, so have machines dominated the information world with theirs. This is, I think, a more fair way of judging artificial intelligence to human intelligence.

What is left is the matter of consciousness.

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