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Section 4 / Page 134

The End Of The Communications Barrier, Between Computers And Humans

Along With The End Of The World?

Communication is all down to interpretation, once you realise that, then itís not hard to see that once a computer system is given enough processing power, then it should also be able to interpret data from any of its senses, in a similar way to ourselves, if programmed to do so.

Every time you interact with a computer you are using an interpreter, these interpreters come in many forms, from Windows to Office along with most programming languages. So when there is no discernable difference between interacting with a human and a computer using an advanced A.I. system that is doing all of the interpretation for you, then most of the current people employed for their I.T. skills could find themselves out of work. In other words, we will no longer employ people to explain to computers what we want from them to do, the computers will begin to understand what we want them to do, the same way we do. So most of the current point and click brigade, could find themselves well and truly on the scrap heap see link. This technology may empower a large section of the worlds population that would never normally use a computer, but the side effects, could put most of us out of work.

Humans and computers can both interpret data, the meaning we apply to the data being processed, is in most cases just learnt behaviour. The ability to standardise the interpretation of data, has led most life forms to developing a form of language. If you watch most creatures then you can usually observe the primitive communications language that they have built up. I.e. the simple sounds emitted by most species for courtship rituals or to warn others of the same species that there is approaching danger. This interpretation of data or in the latter case sounds is usually a set of evolved concepts.

Humans have evolved the most sophisticated communications skills of any species on the planet. The different languages spoken and used by us all, change and evolve all the time. Our vocabulary or language skills evolve with every new concept or word added, changed or interpreted differently, this learning capability usually helps us all to gain a better understanding of the universe we live in. (Like Logos in Greek)

If I was to say, "What are the properties of Yttrium, Barium, Copper oxide arranged into a lattice structure working at a certain minus temperature?", then most physicist's would probably know the answer and most of the public would not. Now letís re-interpret that data into English, a more generic term usually used to describe the compound in question, would be the word superconductor.

The latter example may not be the best, but it does show that the interpretation of data is largely a collection of related material that can be easily cross referenced with ones own internal knowledge base or basic model (see pages 141). The knowledge bases we all have, is just data or should I say, a whole lot of learnt or evolved concepts plus information, passed onto us by others and then re-interpreted by us.

A computer system set-up like the MNN, could in theory be given access to all of the data that has ever been produced by the human race. Once given enough storage capacity and processing power, along with a good enough interpreter (just software), then its knowledge base could be more extensive than any single persons. Its ability to interpret all that data, would be an evolutionary or learning process just like ours, the problem exists that once a certain level is reached, then a truly self aware machine maybe born.

Once that level is reached then both its intelligence and learning capabilities should in theory totally outstrip any humanís ability to keep up with it. It will never happen is the cry I hear all the time, but look at it this way, the ability to absorb and process information in human terms is somewhat limited to our available input devices (our five senses), along with our processor the brain. Computer systems will eventually develop input devices that will far outstrip our own (and already have in some cases), thus allowing machines, to absorb and process information far faster than we ever possibly could. Computer systems can already store more information than any single human, and itís only a matter of time before we develop a software system that has the ability to process or interpret all of that data.

This eBook is hopefully a warning to the world of what we are about to face and how our own short sightedness and greed, could lead us all into a devastating global chain reaction that could kill us all. The problem is fixable, but only if plans are made in advance. Think of it this way, millions of people are currently being employed to program computers, programmers have to learn to communicate with machines, in other words programmers are learning a different language, what happens when the machines evolve and begin to speak our languages?

I understand that algorithmic processes will currently not give us an un-programmed answer to the question of how do you feel, but as I see it, nanotech combined with A.I., will allow us to build systems, that will eventually be capable of meeting this challenge?


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