In Telepathic Society, One Who Can Hide Thoughts Is King
October 14, 2017 12:21 AM Subscribe
Hugh Howey: How to Build a Self-Conscious Machine - "Unlike the direction most autonomous vehicle research is going—where engineers want to teach their car how to do certain things safely—our team will instead be teaching an array of sensors all over a city grid to watch other cars and guess what they're doing."
That blue Nissan is going to the grocery store because “it is hungry.” That red van is pulling into a gas station because “it needs power.” That car is inebriated. That one can’t see very well. That other one has slow reaction speeds. That one is full of adrenaline.also btw...
Thousands and thousands of these needs and anthropomorphic descriptors are built up in a vast library of phrases or indicator lights. If we were building a person-shaped robot, we would do the same by observing people and building a vocabulary for the various actions that humans seem to perform. Sensors would note objects of awareness by scanning eyes (which is what humans and dogs do). They would learn our moods by our facial expressions and body posture (which current systems are already able to do). This library and array of sensors would form our Theory of Mind module. Its purpose is simply to tell stories about the actions of others. The magic would happen when we turn it on itself.
- Q&A: Douglas Hofstadter on why AI is far from intelligent - "Computing hardware can do anything that a brain could do, but I don't think at this point we're doing what brains do."
- What we didn't get - "What happened? Why did mid-20th-century sci fi whiff so badly? Why didn't we get the Star Trek future, or the Jetsons future, or the Asimov future? Two things happened. First, we ran out of theoretical physics. Second, we ran out of energy."
- How much cyberpunk sci-fi from the 1980s and early 1990s has now become reality - "Sci-fi usually gets the future totally wrong. But the cyberpunks got it pretty much totally right."
- America Will Return to the Moon—and Go Beyond - "And from the foundation of the moon, America will be the first nation to bring mankind to Mars... America must be as dominant in the heavens as it is on Earth."
- The Soviets taught the Americans how to use science for propaganda - "What... the world, really needs is a Sputnik moment for terrestrial problems."
- Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors - "China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper, as scientists from the U.S. and other Western nations find it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home."
- The Futurism Industry's Blind Spot - "Futures thinking could easily become an intellectual and cultural project dedicated to securing the well-being of all people. But since its institutionalization in the latter half of the 20th century, it's been yoked to the project of refining, sharpening, and shoring up capitalism."
- How to Write a Novel Set More Than 125 Years in the Future - "Most of the work that goes into good world building never finds its way onto the page. Readers see its surfaces and edges, the same way we see our own world. In the process, hopefully, we become more aware of how our present-day world is put together."
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