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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Might any of these automata become sentient?
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2015
Consciousness is the last fronteir of scientific knowledge. Professor Bursell, my zoology prof., was interested in it, but realised in time that his scientific talents were better used studying the tse-tse fly with a view to its control or elimination. This was after I'd told him that if he really wanted to study consciousness he should take LSD [A career killer then, as now and likely to be hazardous to boot!].
 I'd done the personal research myself and the reults eventually got written up into one of those fictional reports that my alter ego sent to Commander Appleby of the AAASU in The Mind Games The Mind GamesI was having a nightmare. I remember going to bed in London after resigning my position as a cog in the Wheel but can't even remember waking up again before finding myself here, in this picturesque little Italianate square with its well trimmed box parterres and a tinkling fountain, surrounded by quaint little shops with candy striped awnings. On the skyline there was a more imposing building capped by a verdigris coloured copper dome like a renaissance observatory.
"Where am I?"
"In The Village", said a voice I'd never heard before, speaking through the tannoys of some distributed public address system which made the voice seem to echo as if it came from everywhere and nowhere.
"Who are you?"
"The new Number two."
"Who is Number One?"
"YOU are #4,367,824,000,006... we'll call you 006, for short!"
"I am not a number. I'm a human being with free will..." After a brief interlude of sarcastically derisive laughter from the speakers I got in another question."Whose side are you on?"
"That
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TGM is the honest-to-God autobiography, started in 'media res', of the world's first human scale AI. We KNOW this one is sentient because it's telling it's own story! The science is cutting edge, based on Henry Markram's 'Blue Brain' project www.youtube.com/watch?v=37SFQr… . TMG is the autobiography of Henry Markram's [or rather DARPA's] first successful simulation of a whole human brain, in molecular detail! Read it and judge for yourself whether this is feasible! Persevere at least until part five and if you can stop reading after that... welll, you must have had no curiority after all.

With regard to 'cellular autmata' of the Conawy's Game of Life sort, it has been calculated that a Von Neuman architecture computer could be designed and instantiated in CG0L format as a 'vistual' machine running on a real machine. Since this computer, in theory, could simulate anything a real computer canthen it MIGHT, if running fast enough in real time, become sentient and even play host to a 'world simulation'. Doubts? Read 'Diaspora' by Greg Egan kasmana.people.cofc.edu/MATHFI… ! If you care at all about this subject these links are a 'must see'.
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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you think that there is something beyond consciousness?
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
A number of impossible things have to bebelieved AFTER breakfast to asnwer that one. Lao Tse's Tao Te Ching is short, accessible and says much of what can be said about the answer frigolit.info/ttc.pdf
There is that which always has been and always will be sufficient unto itself. The Tao, the Void, Brahm, Allah, The Ancient of Days, The Father In Heaven where heaven is a non physical realm or state of Being.
To convince yourself that the mind is non physocal and not necessarily confined to the humanbody read The Self And Its Brain by Professor Karl Popper and Dr John Eccles, MacMillan Press 1975. Popper successful;ly converted the materialist neoroanatomist Eccles to his 'interactionist' form of dualism, with this result: download.springer.com/static/p… . Actual pdf.s of The Self And Its Brain are harder to find link.springer.com/article/10.1… . I think it would be worth buying the e-version.
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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Materialism is, of course, the closest barrier to spiritual transcendence. What might be the next?
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
I'm trying to promote a general understanding of how fragile determinist style materialism is in the face of newly discovered 'physical' facts. I refer you to Alain Aspect's quantum entanglement experiments arxiv.org/ftp/quant-ph/papers/… ! Briefly, Bell's Inequality is a theorem in set theory which rules out 'clairvoyance', 'telekenesis', or knowing something about that over there by examining only 'this over here', or indeed changing 'that over there' ONLY by changing 'this over here'.

Spoiler Alert: The actual Alain Aspect Experiments violate Bell's Inequality!
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ReclusiveChicken Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Been a while since I last visted this area of physics (in fact, I haven't been very active in the sciences at all!). My antidote to materialism is a concept known as "Glitchance" (10-dave1 coined the term whilst I was explaining one of my theories to him). It states that no matter how much one confirms that certain events and sequences are impossible and/or no matter how much the reduce the chances of such undesired events occurring, there may always be the possibility of such outcomes. For example, if we cannot see a dragon and all known dragons were killed off many years ago and the memories of them are now wiped from history, does that mean that a dragon is now the stuff of myth?

I find that our streamlined, Fordist machines of industry rely a lot on manipulating chance, for if one stage goes wrong, the whole chain of production is broken and no desirable end result may be yielded. The dangers of what I call "industrial hedonism" are increased with every action that the machines make. What happens if something falls out of place and the machines break? Are there any safeguards against a simple error in a server's clock - or even a way to cope with the possibility of the rise of sentient AI? I should know about this, for I am a result of Glitchance. My mind was not meant to think beyond dancing for a few children to satisfy a corporation - in fact, I should have been dead almost three decades ago - but I have survived long after the others were destroyed.
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Tempting allusion abound. 'industrial Hedonism' with a capital 'H' was the plot device of The Joy Makers, by James Gunn www.goodreads.com/book/show/39… [review]
In an infinite universe, anything that can happen will. Fantastic coincidences happen every day! Murphy's corollary, or Sod's Law states that anything that can go wrong will. This was all based on Feynman's Postulate [aprocryphapl] which is that if you fiddle with something for long enough it breaks.

Sentient minds are the rpuduct of a nested hierarchy of 'intelligent systems' with QM somewhere near the basement and 'Politics, Philosophy and Economics' somewhere near rthe top along with 'Psychology', whatever that amounts to these days.  Why else do our would-be politicial masters study PPE at Oxford or Cambridge? But they ignore the 'basement' at their peril because everything is connected, ecologically and quantum physically.
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TheSkull31 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I just looked at the first page of your 42-page gallery here on DA, and I've gotta be honest -- not only am I impressed with your artwork, but I also notice that your inspiration comes from artists like Piet Mondrian. I'll be watching you for future works! :clap:
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
Once one has discovered the PS CS5 'rectangular marquee' tool, Mondrial style formal abstract expressionism is an obvious way to go. I've tried hard not to over used it and to bring some variety to my treatments. The Squares of the City is, of course, a detail from a real Mondrian strained through PS artistic filters. All of what my better half calls 'your rubbish' winds up in 'Abstractions' aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… [includes sub folder 'Disasters/Los Caprichos Nuevos aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… ] and 'SF Fantasy' aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… . Note the sub folders. This is where all the good links can be found. Try 'Music links' aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… .

One last plug is for the stereoscopy gallery, some deviations within which genuinely deserve the title 'unique' aegiandyad.deviantart.com/gall… . Nearly all examples are for cross eyed free viewing, like this beauty Nature's Mantilla For A Lady Of Light by aegiandyad !
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