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Monday, January 12, 2009

Artificial Intelligence and You – A Melding of Minds

Artificial intelligence
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the intelligence of machines and the branch of computer science, which aims to create it. Major AI textbooks define the field as "the study and design of intelligent agents,"[1] where an intelligent agent is a system that perceives its environment and takes actions which maximize its chances of success.[2] John McCarthy, who coined the term in 1956,[3] defines it as "the science and engineering of making intelligent machines."

To some of us amateurs it is the ability of an artificial intelligent agent to learn, and to use what it learns to answer our questions.

For most questions AI learns the answers from us, or the computer records we have established.

Many times robots or avatars are used to exemplify AI and in effect have a meeting of minds – theirs and ours.

AI has the most difficulty making cognitive judgments, and to do this effectively is going to require a melding of minds – theirs and ours.

It is going to have to be a joint effort. The question is do we humans really want to have a melding of our minds with AI for the sake of convenience and efficiency and speed?

What have we got to learn from a machine using quantum mechanics to artificially identify our problems and hopefully solve them?

More importantly what have we got to lose in this proposed mind meld? Could it be our very humanity? Will we be the ones who come out on top or will the AI’s of this new mind meld venture take over and create a new reality with the knowledge we have given them?

Do we dare risk this getting out of control with the AI’s creating a virtual reality virus to subvert our best interests?

This can all be very scary especially when we remember that it may well be the AI’s asking the questions, and our answers that make us the subject of our own undoing.

Why must man always aspire to go beyond the next boundary? Is it because we have a self-destructive nature, or does curiosity get the better of us, or perhaps is it God’s will that we seek to know the answers to all the questions of the universe as we seek to know it?

Let’s not let the machines of the future take control of our future. Let’s rely on or own natural intelligence. It’s time to take a step back and start relying on our faith in God again. It’s time to start trusting our instincts instead of those of some machine.

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