Beyond Information

Beyond Information

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Preamble The emergence of machine intelligence during the second half of the twentieth century is the most important development in the evolution of this planet since the origin of life two to three thousand million years ago. The emergence of machine intelligence within the matrix of human society is analogous to the emergence, three billion years ago, of complex, self-replicating molecules within the matrix of an energy-rich molecular soup - the first step in the evolution of life. The emergence of machine intelligence within a human social context has set into motion irreversible processes which will lead to an evolutionary discontinuity. Just as the emergence of qLifeq represented a qualitatively different form of organisation of matter and energy, so will pure qIntelligenceq represent a qualitatively different form of organisation of matter, energy and life. The emergence of machine intelligence presages the progression of the human species as we know it, into a form which, at present, we would not recognise as qhumanq. As Forsyth and Naylor (1985) have pointed out: qHumanity has opened two Pandora's boxes at the same time, one labelled genetic engineering, the other labelled knowledge engineering. What we have let out is not entirely clear, but it is reasonable to hazard a guess that it contains the seeds of our successorsq.Responds to it (by closing or opening the thermostat switch, thereby calling for or withholding heat). ... B then it would take 500 manual interventions to earn B 500 points (worth 5Ad) while D loses 500 points, thereby setting both thermostats to ... However, one could alter the system in at least two ways to make it a fast learner.

Title:Beyond Information
Author:Tom Stonier
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2012-12-06


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