Saturday, August 1, 2015

Training Asa H in real and virtual worlds

After each training session we typically record Asa H's hierarchical memory ( see, for example, blogs of 10 Feb. 2011 and  26 Aug. 2013).  This can then be reloaded to begin a new training session if we so choose.  Some training can be in real worlds involving things like Lego NXT robots and sensors.  Other training can involve simulated robots in virtual worlds.  It is quite possible to alternate between real worlds and simulations as the memory is grown but one must be careful to avoid such things as sensory mismatches between the two sorts of robots. Adjusting the time scale of each of the training sessions is also tricky.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ITER operation

I am told (see, for example, Hollow current profile scenarios for advanced ITER operation, P. Gourdain and J. Leboeuf, researchgate.net, 19 Mar 2014) that the international thermonuclear experimental reactor (ITER) is to use hollow current profile (R. Jones, Nuovo Cimento, 40B, pg 303, 1977  and R. Jones, Can. J. Physics, vol 57, pg 635, 1979) to achieve high performance.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Alternate reality

Alternate realities are built up out of alternative concepts, concepts not shared by other intelligences.  Some such alternative concepts are:
spirits
vital force
dualism
strong free will
survival of death
ESP/psychic phenomena
An alternate reality will typically not be built up entirely of alternative concepts.  Some concepts will be shared across alternative models of the world.
The level at which a concept appears in the abstraction hierarchy is also important.  A Christian's idea of love is rather different from a biologist's.

"When a pickpocket meets a saint all he sees are pockets."  The pickpocket and the saint experience different realities.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Society and values

If you do not value some thing or some one it is because of YOUR values.

I have criticized human values in various earlier posts and have suggested that democratic socialism offers some improvement over our current social structure.  For any further improvement beyond that we might have to await the influx of substantial amounts of AI/mechanical life with their enhanced value systems. What role humans will then continue to play (if any) will remain  to be seen.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Moral treatment of machines

There has been concern about turning off  (killing) an AI.  Even with Asa H 2.0 light (10 Feb. 2011 blog), however, the current active memory base is recorded and the AI can be restarted from there at some future time.  The AI is only "sleeping" when its turned off.

Asa H is immortal in the sense that these memory bases can be transferred to successive machines as needed. (Another advantage of Asa over humans.)

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Interstellar travel

I have argued that if life, intelligence, and consciousness are simply patterns then space travel might not require sending matter from place to place. (Trans. Kansas Acad. Sci., 118 (1-2) 2015, pg 145)  Biologists point out, however, that we have not really sequenced 100% of the human genome just yet so much work remains to be done. (How to clone a mammoth, B. Shapiro, Princeton U. Press, 2015) The supporting biochemical environment/machinery is also important. Just how much information we would have to send would actually depend upon how different life is from one place to another in the universe.
I would think that interstellar travel would be easier for AIs/mechanical life.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fault trees

I note that the recent Falcon 9 launch failure is being investigated with a fault tree analysis.  When I was working in quality assurance in 1968-1970 fault trees were one of our primary tools but even then we felt they suffered from some shortcomings. It was hard to add numerics to them.  Furthermore, you might describe the binary success or failure of some part or event but how did you describe  a partial failure or a partial occurrence?  Modern Bayesian networks seem to offer some advantages in describing causal sequences.