(These are more snippets of
thought, rather than a guideline for design, or philosophy to shape
construction of my project.)
We must assume that physical evolution does not have an intellectual
intent. If we assume physics - micro, macro, nuclear, cosmic, quantum,
others - will naturally dictate that
1 - matter will organize, and
2 - energy will dissipate, and
3 - all will have varying degrees of casual, reactive, probabilistic
and 'random' influences,
given enough time, matter, energy and space: organizations of matter
*must* occur that will take any and every possible form.
This will include (our definition of) sentient, organic beings that
resemble - us!
And this *must* happen multiple times.
2013 - At this time, scientists are coming to an agreement that our
universe has more than what we ever thought it had, and that most of
*that* isn't even the universe that we thought we had been living and
interacting with for the last 20,0001
years. With dark matter and dark energy accounting for over 95% of our
galaxy, we have learned only that we have a lot to learn. Even
competing theories that are approaching more and more credibility (at
least, their model has a 5-fold reduction in measured error to the dark
energy theories at this time) still indicate that there is far more
unknown than known about our universe. So, my conclusion: lots and lots
of 'thingies' out there to be moving around and organizing in ways that
we can't begin to predict. There should be no surprise that we are
here. The surprise (to me) is to think that there is any possibility
that we are unique.
Humans try to associate anything to everything from before birth.
Survival: especially in a social world. Your life depends on pleasing
someone for at least 2 years, even if you had abundant accessible food
immediately available at your grasp. So, we associate. Crying (or not
crying): when hungry, when soiled, when challenged, threatened,
exposed, surprised – anything. The interpretation by the care giver is
– social. Taught and trained by each in the society, each (baby and
care giver) is raised and trained within.
Any stimulus, any need, anything is an opportunity to try to discover
or invent a relationship between
that ITEM and … any item in the past, any need perceived, any desire or
goal in the future.
We do this automatically, without thought. If it does not happen while
conscious, it will happen when unconscious. It will happen when awake
Even when there is no relationship in fact: we will try to form a
relationship. The less that a true relationship exists, and valid
information on the topic exists - the more variety of relationship may
be formed in opinion. And, typically, the more fervently the opinion
will be defended. This is a belief.
Normally, the more information collected about a topic, the more the
relationship is molded toward the reality of the relationship.
Frequently, this will lead to gaps in belief sets.
Over time, two things happen:
1 – a person develops behavior that is successful enough that he does
not need to learn more
2 – beliefs are developed that reconcile knowledge, behavior and
Under case 1:
Maslow's hierarchy of needs and other needs systems == some people stop
learning early, some never stop
Under case 2:
Typically, people continue to modify their belief set as they learn.
This is a social world. This may mean that a person may approach a more
'correct' view of his universe. Or not. Progress may mean stability –
or instability. Or it may mean present prosperity, at the cost of
examination of the truth of current beliefs. If it is unsafe to express
diverging opinions in the present culture, then the older generation
will be reluctant to share their corrected views with the younger
generation. Things will stagnate. As the gap in perceived reality and
overt cultural teaching widens, unrest will increase. Young people DO
think, after all. You go to sleep, and your mind still wants everything
to be in agreement.
Everything happens within context. If it is out of context, then we
don't know enough about it.
Even when we do not have prior knowledge of an item or event, then the
delivery is the minimum context surrounding that item.
A context will be created between any two items or events when more
than one item or event exists. The human intellect and drive to survive
insists on this. Even when there is no common context between two
items, a context will be created.
This would be a true random context. The human intellect cannot accept
a random context. If the valid relationship cannot be accepted by a
person because of prior beliefs, a new one will be invented. This will
be a new belief. If conflicts exist within current beliefs, doubts will
Usually, simple pattern recognition yields a satisfactory belief set.
Satisfactory means that needs are met. This is as true for crying when
hungry as it is to not arguing with the boss, going to school to get a
better job, or quitting to become an artist. Needs can vary from person
to person, society to society, epoch to epoch, young age to old age.
A large, older population means that more diverse patterns can be
successfully held within the current belief set. More leisure means
that less time and energy must be devoted to simple survival needs.
More education means that less time and energy must be devoted to
learning basic survival skills. Result: more 'absolutes' will be
uncovered. If presented to a next generation, the 'floor' of the
starting point for learning expands. Imperfect teaching/learning, along
with gaps in knowledge and imperfections in societies' use of
knowledge, will ensure that someone will NOT be content with a present
day understanding of how it all works.
Someone will want to know more. Someone will not believe his teacher.
We learn by association. That simple. An association exists or it does
not. Unfortunately for people, one will be created even when one does
not really exist. This is how we bridge gaps in our knowledge.
But usually, we have some reason for the association. Even if it is
coincidence in time. Even if we don't know why, we can learn that it
seems to happen the same time every day. From there, we can postulate,
experiment, observe, test, or imagine why an association exists.
When the item/event is perceived to be associated with survival,
learning is rapid. Motivation. The survival relationship may be
physical, social, imaginary.
Higher intelligence is the ability to more quickly arrive at an
association that yields a more successful behavior, and additionally,
discard previous associations that were less successful.
my opinion and observations: Whatever 'human' might be defined as,
really, it is culture that any of us care about. No one will re-observe
his world in learning how close we are to a snail, and few will alter
their behavior at learning how many million years ago our family
diverged from the tree of the chimpanzees. The peak of the last glacial
period was about 26,000 years ago. All 'humans' were forced into
refugee areas (climatically speaking) where they could find sustenance.
Whatever culture they may have had, several things were true: lower sea
levels, much smaller north-to-south travel distances possible, and it
had been that way for over 5,000 years. We are finding today that the
oldest evidence of organized 'culture' reaches a little over
20,000 years. While there may have been teachings at that time (20,000
years ago) that extended from beyond that glaciation period, likelyhood
that any has survived as a basis for any teachings today (meaning, last
5000 years) are slight.
You will not often get external references. Don't look for
them. If you doubt, go look it up yourself and form your own opinion.
If you simply believe, you are foolish.
More likely, you don't care. That's OK, too.
My thought, ultimately, about general AI:
We will achieve general AI: a machine will 'think.' My expectation: an machine with IQ
around 65 will probably outperform a human in a short time. Less interference in
relearning the correct method to an answer. Not lazy in letting assumptions force
a too speedy answer.