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#047 Human AI

posted 6 Aug 2019, 18:31 by Aaron Brownlee

"If we can store music on a compact disc, why can't we store a man's intelligence and personality on one?" - Cave Johnson

So over the last few months, I've been busy with quite a few projects. One of those projects from late 2018 was learning about AI and how to make a basic one with dots trying to navigate a maze without touching a wall. The dots start off moving in random directions and are given a score based on how far they get in the maze within the time scale. A new set of Dots is then generated, with each dot basing itself off a previous generation dot. Dots with a higher score are more likely to be cloned, while dots that crash at the start have less. pretty simple as a basic AI that learns to perfect itself.

So then I started thinking about a question that's been attempted hundreds of times in recent years. What would it take to store a human as an Artificial intelligence? The quote above comes from the game Portal, but when I thought about it, it's pretty accurate if you wanted to put a human into digital storage. You would need to store those two main things about the person to be able to have them react to any situation:
  • Intelligence: What they know about a situation, defining what they would be able to react to.
  • Personality: How they react to a situation. 
Once you have these two things established, a computer could really generate a response from that person to any scenario. 

Without a definition of Intelligence, they could tell you about topics like Nuclear physics, even if the real person has no knowledge of such topics. Without Personality, the computer would simply be stating generic opinions that don't match the real person. If you were able to store both of these perfectly, a computer could tell you what someone's reaction to any information would be, and in essence, duplicate that persons consciousness.

Currently, an issue that many AI bots suffer from is context. They can answer individual questions and respond to a statement on their own, but they can't pull information from a previous statement. The simplest example of this is just to ask a question then a simple follow-up question like How? or Why?  

Some AI has gotten around this to an extent, like Cleverbot and other similar bots, which basically play back someone else's response when they were asked your question. It allows for basic follow up responses to common questions, but after a few lines you go into uncharted territory and it gives a response clearly meant for a different question.

Anyway, I guess you could store context as a form of intelligence, if a system could store events that are recent in its memory, specifically questions that had just been asked, it could make a link what as to follow-up question is referring to, and give an appropriate answer. 

So, how would you go about "Storing intelligence"? I think the simplest way would be to Divide Intelligence into fields with keywords associated with it, like Sciences, Current Events, International News etc. and make an intelligence able to decide which pieces of information is relevant to the statement it is presented with given subject keywords within the statement. 

So what about Personality? Well, I think there's already an answer for that. The AI "Replika" was created a while after the show Black Mirror, but quite a bit before it got big,  but it sounds like it would fit in the universe quite well. Its purpose has changed over the last few years but It was originally created as an AI that talks to you and tries to identify "Traits" that you use when speaking. The AI then tries to replicate those same traits, making an AI that in theory should be similar to you. (Effectiveness seems to vary, but that's the Idea). I think maybe the approach should be slightly different than a simple on/off switch though. An Intelligence should know which aspects of your personality are stronger and weaker, to be able to find which one should be prevalent in a given response. 

So with both of those segments working perfectly, it should, in theory, be possible to create an AI that can simulate someone's response to a situation. Of course, it wouldn't have access to recent events in that person's life that would make them Tired/Annoyed etc, so it could never feasibly make a perfect replica of someone, but still a fun thought experiment. 
Anyway, Thought Over,

- Aaron

#046 Reboot / 2nd Anniversary

posted 25 Jun 2019, 14:47 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 25 Jun 2019, 14:47 ]

"The World's changing. It's time we changed too." - Adrian Toomes

Well, a few weeks ago it was the 2nd Anniversary of this blog. June 9th 2017 was the day I made this page. In the last year, I've been busy, and a lot has changed, with me, the others, and the world in general, and I think I'm gonna change the direction of this page too. I'm going to Uni in a few months, maybe I'll have some more stories to tell, but in the meantime, there are a few things I need to write down first, I guess those will be posted within the coming days. Might play around with the theme of the site, the sidebar has looked ugly for far too long, time to bring it up to scratch ;)

- Aaron

#045 Infiltrate

posted 14 Sept 2018, 02:43 by Jennifer Hunter   [ updated 14 Sept 2018, 02:45 ]

infiltrate /ˈɪnfɪltreɪt/
enter or gain access to (an organisation, place, etc.) surreptitiously and gradually, especially in order to acquire secret information.

I have wondered for a long time what it must be like to have certain beliefs. To completely ignore all forms of facts and instead believe that everything your one designated hero has said is true. Well I decided I have a solution for it. I've never used my account on Twitter frequently, but now I have created a new use for it. I will go undercover, pretending to be a far right Trump Supporter,  following Trumps word, retweeting Republican nonsense and other insane mannerisms that they seem to all adopt. with any luck, I can amass a following. as for What my plans are once that happens, well, that is for only me to know...regardless, this should provide some challenge and hopefully get me access to people who otherwise wouldn't give us the time of day.

Now, this all relies on the fact that no Trump Supporter will read this page and be able to figure this out, but I highly doubt any of them are literate. Even so, I'll hide my Twitter from the site while the experiment is underway, and adapt a secret name. I won't be identifiable, but I'll post all of my findings along the way to a new area, that can be accessed by clicking my badge on the home page. I think that is everything, so with that,  

Let Project Trimposter Begin.

Over and Out,
- Jenny

PS. (If you really still want a live feed, you can still email me for the Twitter account, and I may or may not allow you access depending if you can prove you are not on Trumps side)


posted 4 Sept 2018, 16:00 by TERMINAL   [ updated 4 Sept 2018, 16:02 ]

TERMINAL UNIX: 1496854058
All the systems are functional, are Team Impetus ready to go?
It's 12 Hours till launch, so they're as ready as they're ever gonna be.
Lets do a final check, read Mission Plan.
Right, Phase One: Establish Chaos.
Break Organisation Hierarchy, Strategic leader disappearances will cause chaos.
It's important to have an atmosphere of confusion. 
The Subjects selected must be in an optimal mental state.
Right, Then Stage 2: Establish Connection
Integrate within the group, and make them think I'm on their side.
I'll leave how you choose to do it up to you, but It's important they trust you.
You need to make your relations to each of them as close as possible.
Specifically, I need to get close enough to run Phase 3: TERMINAL Analysis
Run the TERMINAL's full capabilities on whoever I need to locate the Target.
Once located, commence Extraction.
Ok, this will be the last communication I have with you until the mission begins.
And one Last thing.
I changed your User Slot, It'll change your colour in the Terminal but more importantly, make any conversations you have indistinguishable from here.
As far as the TERMINAL is concerned, You are now a New User.
So, lets get final places ready, and begin The New Turing Test.
- EOF -

#043 History's Excuse

posted 1 Sept 2018, 14:47 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 1 Sept 2018, 14:48 ]

"We are all products of our time, vulnerable to history" - Han Suyin

I was reading the other day about ancient politics and it brought up something interesting. Aristotle, Greek Thinker, didn't believe that Women, Slaves or Foreigners should have any say in Politics. This probably wouldn't surprise anyone as this was around 350 BC, and was the same opinion that almost everyone else in Greece had. If you tried to tell people to stop listening to Aristotle due to his offensive views, you would probably be laughed at fairly quickly, most likely accompanied by a response of " It was a product of its time, everyone felt that way". In short, His views are considered fine in history because it was the norm, and everyone, even famous thinkers, was expected to conform.
Now take Winston Churchill, another famous figure in not so ancient history. Since its now the 19th Century, slavery is illegal, and women have the right to vote, which just leaves us with Churchill's views on Palestinians: "barbaric hoards who ate little but camel dung". Just like Aristotle, it's generally forgiven that he was fairly racist due to the time he lived, except that some people HAVE protested his views. But still, no one really cares much about it, and societies views again can excuse his opinions, the same way older people are in general more racist and uneducated than younger generations. 

Which makes me wonder, in 100 years time, will people look back on Boris Johnson's "Letterbox" Comments, and think "Oh, everyone hated Muslims back then, it's just a product of its time". Or will they read books on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party and think, "It wasn't even 100 years since Hitler died, I'm sure Antisemitism was plentiful back in 2018".  How much will history let the politicians of today get away with because of societies view? In part, it links to one of my posts back in March, #023 Tower of Shadows, because if a politician is above the line of what's still acceptable, people will forgive it, because everyone was like that "back in those days". I guess as the future comes closer we'll see what still gets forgiven from history, and what runs out of time to be acceptable in the eyes of history.
Anyway, Thought Over,

- Aaron


posted 18 Aug 2018, 13:15 by TERMINAL   [ updated 18 Aug 2018, 13:16 ]

CLIENT UNIX: 1497271188
Hey, you there?
But of Course.
The Terminal doesn't show you joining? 
Why Would It? 
The System is programmed to track Users entering it,
But It can't track something that was already here.
Guess that makes sense.
So do you think we're safe here?
From the attackers?
The Hackers can't get to you.
But I wouldn't count on you being "safe".
You said your teams Engineer found this place through a back door?
Yes, but what did you mean not safe?
I was doing some digging, and I'm not sure I like where the door is leading...
Just tell me, what is it?
This System is extremely robust, everything I try has had some measure put in place to stop it.
Well then how could you know we aren't safe???
I can't but I do know this, You don't build Fort Knox to House a lump of Coal.
Whatever this thing is, it's far more than a chat system.
All I'm saying is, with a whole team of you using this thing, 
it's only a matter of time before someone sets something off.
I would just be careful for when they do. 

#041 Perspective

posted 18 Aug 2018, 04:48 by Jennifer Hunter   [ updated 18 Aug 2018, 04:50 ]

perspective /pəˈspɛktɪv/
A particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.

It is often hard to see an opinion from the eyes of another. It is strange that a fact that seems to be undeniable, can be warped beyond recognition in someone else's mind. No matter how concrete something seems to be, people can interpret it in a variety of ways. It almost seems that with the age and history of humanity, you can find evidence to support everything. Nobody can ever claim their cause is perfection, as they have all made mistakes at some point in the history of humanity. You can claim that Science is evil due to twisted experiments that were one performed, or that all religion is the enemy, due to the infamous persecution of minorities that has come from it. I am certain if you looked through enough History you could find proof of evil against every organisation in the world that's more than a few years old. You could claim in reality that everyone is your enemy for supporting one of these organisations, and that no one is on the side of good.

So perhaps the past has more weight than it should. Most historic evil is a product of its time, so maybe people should focus on the present, on how organisations have adapted to the 21st century and apologised for their past. I don't think I will trust any organisation that claims to be "traditional", as their tradition is likely ingrained with evil and bigotry. In the current age, there is no room for tradition from a time that was deeply flawed. Of course, if part of a organisations current view is that it refuses to acknowledge that it's past was incorrect, Ignorance like that is just as pathetic. 

It almost seems like nobody will ever have a perfect view, as if you could always find a flaw in their past. (A certain Girl I know who seemed normal then turned out to be a Nazi upon questioning springs to mind) The two solutions would be to either find new organisations that have had no time to have a bad past yet, or try to dismiss flaws in the past if said organisation has acknowledged and apologised for them. Over and Out,

- Jenny

#040 Legacies of the Future

posted 18 Aug 2018, 03:53 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 18 Aug 2018, 03:57 ]

"History obliterates, In every picture it paints, It paints me and all my mistakes"
- Hamilton the Musical

As I'm thinking of the future, I have to wonder one thing: What will it be like when history is recorded? And not recorded as in "We have one grainy looking camera shot of it happening and a guy called Steve who said what happened". I mean that for the first time ever, people can record the world as it changes. The first ever camera phone was invented in Japan in 2000, making my generation the first to grow up with the ability to mass record an event. Obviously, there were regular cameras before the first camera phone, but you wouldn't have them on you at all times. Anyway, what I'm saying, is that for the first time ever, people don't have to look at an event in history through one grainy black and white news camera. For the first time everyone has the ability to record their point of view in HD wherever they are, and as Tom Scott said in a talk a few years ago, Once live streaming becomes mainstream in everyday life:    "It won't be, Where were you when X Happened?, it will be, Were you watching when it did?" (9:10 in the video if anyone is wondering)

I've mentioned it before, but things like this are going to change the world and the future of history, since we no longer have to look through someone else's view, we have 100 cameras of people in the crowd, letting anyone see an event for themselves in the future. And it's only gonna get better from here as technology develops. Anyway, Thought Over,

- Aaron

PS. Did a bit of a redesign on the Network with the Help of TERMINAL, you might notice their posts will be a bit different from Me and Jen, So they should give a useful perspective.


posted 15 Aug 2018, 15:13 by TERMINAL   [ updated 15 Aug 2018, 15:13 ]

CLIENT UNIX: 1497084040
Hey, I guess we're up.
Indeed. No person on earth would think to try intercept this channel.
Alright, so I guess let's get started.
Right, let's go over what we know.
First, An Unknown entity is hunting down users of #####
Hunting might be a strong word...
Hunting is the right word. 
They aren't physically hurting the users on their own,
but with the scale of damage, we have to assume they know what they were doing
Right, so what are we going to do? Wait for ##### and the others?
At the moment that seems our safest option. 
We have no idea who the attacker is, how they got in, or what organisation they work with.
Any chance it's a lone wolf?
Highly unlikely.
The power needed for ##### ##### ##### ##### alone makes me think this was a professional attack. 
Even if we have one attacker, somebody is backing them could be an enemy, or possibly ##### #####.
What about us?
For some reason it looks like the attack has averted us, or even overlooked us as part of the system. 
I don't know why, but it looks like we're safe from whoever this is.
All we can do for now is try find out what we can from outside and hope ##### survives

#038 Anniversary

posted 10 Jun 2018, 13:48 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 10 Jun 2018, 13:49 ]

"Raise a Glass to the four of us, tomorrow there'll be more of us, telling the story of tonight" - Hamilton the Musical, The Story of Tonight

Exactly a year ago today, I got bored, started a site and began to write. And now here it is, 38 posts later, with a twitter account and a few followers. I don't really care how many people consistently look at this site. It was started as a way to write down thoughts, and that's still what it is. No matter what any friend, family or Neo-Nazi Trump supporter says (Yes, I am talking to one idiot in particular here 😉) Anyway, here's to another year of writing whatever the hell comes to mind, especially with 2 writers now, Nothing can stop us =P.

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