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The proposed VR / A.I. system (MNN) was seen as having similar types of internalised models to the ones we all carry around within us. In essence the system was seen as being able to store models of everything. If computers are given the ability to manipulate these hugely complex models or internally set patterns in real time and then given the ability to see the results of their manipulations, then how is this intrinsically any different from the way we think.
The sparks of genius that we call original thought, could actually be just the long-term study and manipulation of internally set data patterns. In other words the application of concepts to experience or transivity. There is another way in which humans could come to realise things, this is through the random firings of electrical impulses from neurotransmitters and other chemical processors within the brain. These random impulses could disturb set patterns within the neural wiring, thus leading to new neural connections being formed i.e. new thoughts. This could also help to explain why we are all different. Obviously those patterns are changed and updated by the experiences that we all have everyday. We keep linking sounds, images etc together to form new patterns, this is all part of the human experience. The shifting of chemicals around the neural pile may not be the only reason why we all register experiences though, our reality is personal to each of us and reality is subjective.
The computer systems that could soon be built, could hold and manipulate a greater number of more accurate models and patterns than any one person ever could. These systems could eventually be given more, letís say conscious memory, than any one person ever could, (the grid concept), long term memory is already being surpassed by conventional hardware and a net connection. Thought can be described as the ability to manipulate information within a system, I personally see computers and the brain as nothing more than information processing systems. It's in this sense, that the MNN system would also have had a subjective reality, just like us. So we may currently describe machine consciousness as artificial, but machines may eventually describe human consciousness in a similar way. The MNN was seen as having the ability to store, process and eventually understand all of the information it contained within itself and when you consider the quantity of data available and implied, then please mind my less than technical explanation, but the MNN could indeed, have become a very spooky system.
The MNN was eventually seen as being able to distinguish any object within any image by using comparison techniques i.e. by comparing what it was seeing with any of the models within its image database. This should have allowed it to understand images enough to manipulate the objects within those images. So, if given an image of a living room, it should then be able to take away the image of the couch and intelligently work out what was behind that couch, it may get it wrong but then again so could we. (A kind of a smart version of hidden face removal, but in reverse). Also see Kalman filtering etc. This e-book is not supposed to be a technical book, but a guide to the obvious?
The intelligent manipulation and eventual understanding of images, both 2D and 3D, was seen as way of allowing the MNN to apply its knowledge base to the real world, and not just its own virtual world. By allowing the A.I. system to access the model database and given the possible power built into the grid, it should have been able to process and comprehend all of the data available from any of it's input sources, (web cams, the net, online users, VR models etc). Think of modern day face recognition systems, with their ability to check through a database of known faces, then single out individuals, if you extend this principal then you should be able to see what I'm driving at. Although this is not true intelligence by any means, it's merely a case of comparison, it is part n parcel of how the MNN was seen as developing.
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