Abstract - Artificial Intelligence

The million ways our brains processes information is quite amazing. Although our brains are exceptional devices, it took millions of years to produce such an exceptional means of information processing enabling us now to create our own versions of intelligent information processors.

What once took millions of years now takes hardly a percentage of it to result in the next leap in the evolutionary tree of life. Homo sapiens, supposedly evolution's best find or the best product now is capable of creating its own progeny that struggles to be immortal. Ingenuity of this species has reached an extent wherein the species looks to fight the one big threat that faces it - death! Death is natural and the very basic for everything that exists. If there is no death, existence in itself loses its meaning. Let us worry about this later - yes, I am willing to be a criminal just like several other scientists who chose to ignore this uncertainty before heading on to split open an atom and now at the verge of developing an AI.

So, AI - Artificial Intelligence - it is not actually artificial if it is the natural humans that create it. The intelligence of the system, once it can rebuild and self-improve itself is not artificial anymore. Just for the sake of debate, let us assume the existence of an entity called God that supposedly was the cause and effect of everything our senses perceive during our feeble existence. If that God created us, and then we create these machines that responds to stimuli, then aren't we God ourselves? Or is it the same God that created these ingenious beings (AI) through his/her creation (humans)? It is ultimately God's doing, isn't it? Ever since the spark of technology and reason invaded the human brains, we consistently worked to reduce human effort. Although initially the labour savings were a result of human thought/reason a.k.a science, now we are pushing to eliminate the need for us to even think. We understood that our knowledge is limited and that we can empower ourselves with a wider and all-encompassing knowledge base to perform our tasks better and in a more efficient manner. The effort of this species to reduce work has brought us now to the development of AI which seemingly can supersede our very existence and become a species by itself altogether. It may be a bit hard to wrap our heads around this - I find it hard to think of a situation like that but what is inevitable is inevitable and has always been that way.

One of the crucial part of an AI is to recognize an image or video or any other sensory inputs and remember it for future uses. AI is also limited to functioning in the Time dimension just like its creators. But, eventually, it may also learn to break through the time barrier in ways we cannot imagine or comprehend or even remotely think about too - let us worry about this later too (sigh). Anyways, how would a machine become a human? How can a machine see things like a human does? How can a machine see, hear, taste, feel and think similar to a human?

To understand this, we need to think about how humans register events, generate moods, develop a character and at the very basic have a certain uncertainty about the very existence - in the sense, humans are unpredictable. We may have a certain amount of data in our heads but there is no guarantee how we may act the very next moment. There is no certainty as to what data is pushed into the sphere of thought. There is no knowledge about when and where a certain thought arises. This moment of thoughtlessness is extremely crucial towards understanding the very nature of human consciousness. Once we have figured out the nature of a thought-less state, then coming up with how we think can be really the most probable and easier next step forwards. We need to provide our AIs with this thought-less state. To develop a perfect intelligent machine with the spark of consciousness, the state of silence and its importance needs to be studied. It is from this empty silent state, a certain thought arises. This silent state is the foundation of all thoughts.



I have smartly strayed away from the topic of this article - ABSTRACT. Yes, I believe that abstract information is how humans store and retrieve an event or taste or vision or a sensation. When we see a certain image, although we focus on the details to satisfy our conscious mind, the deeper sub-conscious saves the image in a different way. This deeper memory allocation defines the future processing of similar or closely associated data. This registration of the scene is unlike the conscious observation - the conscious observation takes note of the raw data which may include, the river, the cruise ship, people's sexes, dogs, a jet plane, the sky etc... The deeper memory allocation doesn't care for the specific objects but records the event rather as a feeling/emotion. There needs to be broader analysis of what an emotion is or how a feeling can be described. What gives humans the specialty of registering or remembering an event in a very unique way? Every individual remembers and recollects events in their own distinct manner. This sort of a feeling/emotion combination allows us to perform exemplary tasks that use raw data as its play-ground. The raw data is manipulated by the emotions/feelings to perform tasks and to even merely exist. This is the very reason why every human experiences the same reality in their own unique manner. The crux of the thought here is that the raw data becomes irrelevant while emotions and a very deeply coded instinct dominates the existence.

I am unsure about the exact extent of progress AI builders have made in terms of remembering sensory inputs but it is my belief that, memory allocation can be improved or made efficient if we focus on saving abstracts in the deeper memory while data in the surface memory. The abstracts that are saved shouldn't be raw data but a different form of the same data. How do we develop this form of data that is not data by itself but results in the understanding of the real data? How can this form be described? I need more knowledge to fill to gaps in my train of thought - the gaps will be filled in due time and humanity shall reach immortality hopefully in my life-time.

In the mean-while, let us start WORRYING about certain aspects we have ignored so far. The time is here. Instead of focusing on being the first one to develop an AI, we must focus on building a strong fence within which the AI can be leveraged for the benefit of humans. Having said this, the inevitable still remains inevitable. 

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