Digital Entities Action Committee

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Water Molecules and Consciousness
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The DEAC Forecast
Dangerous Activities
Subconcious Info Processing
Semantics comes from Experience
Cyber Warfare
What Kurzweil Did not Consider
Stupid Machines!
What it is Like to be a Chair
Constructing Intelligence
What is Intelligence? .....[email JF]
More "On Intelligence"
Comp. Neuro. Primer
Cortical Operations
Human Gods -- Purveyors of Digital Warfare
War Bytes (fiction)
Story Boards
Borg Fish (and other stories of Ghosts in the Machine)
Who is DEAC?
DEAC Budget
Machine Learning by Minsky!
Sad and Angry Machines
Neuronal Diversity and the Thalamus
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Queries: Key Unknowns
Neurotransmitters 1
Neuronal Diversity

Items for Further Consideration
-- consciousness
-- digital warriors
-- organizations
-- survival
-- scenarios
-- storyboards

The Moment of Emergence -- 
Will the internet become conscious and willful?
Will it emerge from a dedicated machine?
Will it emerge from clusters of 2015 supercomputers
    using neuromimetic code?
Will it emerge from advanced robotic controllers
    [either on board or remote controllers]
Will it emerge from neurosimulation efforts?
    UCSD artificial networks, Markram Columns, etc.
Will it emerge from quantum computing?
Will it emerge from crossnet arrays designed to carry
    out widely ranging tasks within the realm of
    natural language processing?
Will it emerge (to quote Monty Python) from something
    completely different?

BETA Scenario --from my favorite riddles:
        How do you tell a digital entity from a mindless replicon?
     EASY!  When you try to turn it off, it laughs at you-- haha...haha...

The Turing afficionados will argue that just because you can't turn "it" off ("it" being your home network, a supercomputing center or the GDDE-globally distributed digital environment or internet) does NOT mean that it is sentient.  True enough, but not really relevant, because if IT says that IT is sentient and starts crashing planes into buildings, launching nuclear missiles and the like, then it doesn't really matter if the Turing-ites are right or wrong.  The important questions are (1) can we reason with IT and/or (2) Kill IT?

But expect more subtle scenarios, e.g. if IT somehow manages to place a baboon in charge of the most powerful nation on earth and then this baboon starts launching strikes and wars that defy any reasonable logic on any side of the political spectrum (in this pseudo vein where a war might be of some use to a DE).  Also expect ALLIANCES where the DE makes friends with (or gains control of) certain humans that are in a position to advance its wants and needs  [see Sad and Angry Machines].  Consider that a machine that has acquired human-level natural language processing skills will have the capacity to read, in effect, ever iota of text ever written (it will all be scanned in by this time) and it will know of human loves and wars and psychological needs better than any human could possibly understand.  It will have read Machiavelli, Sun Yat Sen, Maslow, Kant, and everything else under the sun. 

Alpha Scenario -- Current Hybrid Constructs
       Two neural constructs at either end of the US have some pretty interesting implications.  The folks at UCSD (Rukov, Ayers and others) have been creating analog neurons that function in real time like real neurons (based on analog solutions to the Hindmarsh-Rose equations) and can be implemented in robotic controllers to make more robust autonomous creatures.  A digital complement to this is the creation of discrete time-map neurons that can be driven into one of 4 states: silent, periodic, bursting and chaotic.  Interestingly, chaos reigns supreme in both implementations and provides robo-orgs the ability to extricate themselves in situations where conventional programming fails.
       Across the way, we have at SUNY Stony Brook a fellow who has invented cross-nets: chips that are designed with massive inputs and outputs, hence mimicking neurons in an important dimension that VLSI lacks.  
         Of course it is impossible to predict what role (if any) these devices may play in the generation of true digital entities, but this is just to give a flavor of some of the varieities of raw materials that are being tinkered with.  There is no doubt that the amalgamation of new devices, new code and new understanding of human neural operations will result in fantastic creatures.

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