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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RE: Memetics
by zima on Mon 28th May 2012 05:52 UTC in reply to "Memetics"
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Does an individual neuron know of the consciousness* of the entire network?

More crucially, does the network know of consciousness of other networks? ("higher" or "lesser" ones, very different or presumably likewise ones, whatever)

Yeah, we usually grant consciousness to fellow homo sapiens - probably largely because of how we see ourselves and how we like to be seen by others
(while we of course tend to outright deny any similar animal capability ...which is most likely a continuum; IMHO at least some higher ones experience world in a not too dissimilar way, at least like when we're often "mindlessly" occupied by something and without internal vocalisations)

However, who knows how many philosophical zombies surround us... (and how many "bots" comment on OSNews? Maybe you are one? Maybe I am... ;) )
And consider: while we have very strong feeling of "monolithic me" - split-brain patients are virtually unchanged (mostly only with some "glitches"). Or: there is one localised brain trauma which results in people becoming completely blind without them realizing it ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton–Babinski_syndrome ). Generally, go through a list of cognitive biases - that is our primary mode of operation, the level of grasp we have on our minds.

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.

Reminded me about one quote, something like "the question of whether a machine can think is no more interesting than whether a submarine can swim"
And also about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moravec's_paradox

Edited 2012-05-28 05:53 UTC

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