AI on Discovery Science pt. 2

July 22, 2009

Story 3. Ray Kurzweil is the author of The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology and the subject of an upcoming film, Transcendent Man

Ray Kurzweil: “…in about 40 years the pace of change is gonna be so astonishingly quick that you won’t be able to follow it unless you enhance your own intelligence by merging with the intelligent technology we’ve created.”

He wishes. The so-called intelligent technology we’ve created, even 40 years from now, is no match for the capabilities of the actual human brain. And it’s created as imitation of what is known yet about the brain. Smell a shill…? Uh-huh. And he was wearing a bluetooth on his ear for his Skyped in “live” discussion on the show – I guarantee that bluetooth was costume jewelry for the show. (I couldn’t find video.)

Kurzweil: “…We’ll be having computerized devices the size of blood cells in our blood stream keeping us healthy.”

“Healthy” here is a euphemism for a non-flourishing, controllable state. Computerized devices in the blood stream do not keep one healthy, they keep one from deteriorating beyond the point of usability, on the one hand, and on the other keep one from flourishing beyond the point of willingness – keep one from developing actual free will through the progressive expansion of consciousness. Now, if you want to talk about actual health & heathiness, you’ll be talking about Nutrition and variably intense physical activity, experience.

Kurzweil: “…They’ll basically enhance who we are. They’ll make us smarter, be able to remember things better, solve problems more intelligently – so it’s gonna extend our own intelligence.”

This guy knows full well that if these are the actual goals, there is no better way to achieve them than to exercise and nutritionally enhance the brain we already have. Also, doesn’t it sound like he just described the role of a teacher? Hmm, I wonder why millions of teachers aren’t teaching this but rather producing the opposite.

Josh Zepps: “The next step beyond just melding man and machine – you talk about actually uploading our consciousness – our minds – to computers one day. What does that mean? How would it be done?

A good first step is filtering all our communications through computers for data collection and re-organization as has been done since at least 9/11. Also helpful is to have masses of individuals describe their interests and such on places like Myspace & Facebook. These, of course, are not our consciousnesses though; they are but our Pop DNA. In other words, it’s being done today in many different ways, as we build the Gorgonet. The so-called conspiracy theorist might wonder if these two are discussing these things in this futurist manner almost to distract us from the clear fact that it is happening right now – standard.

Kurzweil: “We ultimately will be predominantly non-biological. And we know that that non-biological intelligence we can back up just like we back up the files in our personal computers today. And we’ll be able to re-create it if it gets destroyed.”

It would seem a major issue to overcome here is the powering of this non-biological aspect. Right? Isn’t getting power to technology, electricity still quite a problem in the world? Maybe not. And maybe this non-technological aspect will be able to live off the biological’s natural electrical field? Who does he mean by ‘we’? Everyone? Or just the masses of robot butlers?

Of course the Self Builder, especially the Timeline Project aspect, is all about backing up our life-experiences by sharing them with computers, the internet, soon the Gorgonet. But that’s more of a friendship-type relationship, co-evolution. His view is perverted.

Josh Zepps: “So you actually believe that we could achieve immortality by backing up the data in our brains and that that data in those machines would have the same sense of me-ness that same sense of perceiving the world through my eyes that I currently have, and that could last for thousands of years in a computer?”

Ahhhh, immortality – finally, the password for entrance into the halls of the perversely powerful. So this is all about the search for immortality then? Oh, but of course.

What is actually worth having a blown-mind over, is the fact that the process of self-reflection actually backs up the data in our brains and uses it to construct an energetic cohesion of Self, which actually is immortal in a way these non-biological computationals never can be.

Ray Kurzweil: “Right now if our hardware crashes, the software, our mind file – all our memory, skills, personality – all that information dies with it. We’ll be able to actually capture that information and preserve it. People will think it pretty amazing a hundred years from now that people in today’s era went through the day without backing up their mind file.”

It doesn’t “die with it”. It is recoverable. You have to look beyond Pop science somewhat, but the scientific evidence is a-plenty.

Hey, Ray, is it still for sure cool to call these predominantly non-biological beings people? Would people of today call these non-biologicals people? You’re particular about some of your terms but not others, tricksy. 

Zepps: “The question ultimately is a philosophical one, isn’t it? It’s a question about whether if we took all the data & information that currently exists in my brain and put it onto a computer, if there was a computer that sophisticated to be able to handle it, and then my physical body died, even if all that were there, is there nothing more to my brain, to my consciousness, to my sense of myself, to my taste of and sensibility of experiencing the world, than that data? Is that enough?

Kurzweil: “Well, to your friends it’ll be enough because it’ll seem very much like you. But, to you? That’s a – i mean – it’s a philosophical issue but it’s a very important one because our whole moral system and much of our legal system is based on the issue of consciousness. So there is actually room for philosophy, uh, of life beyond science will have to decide what is human and what is not. But it is the nature of human beings to change who we are and extend our reach. Ever since we picked up a stick to reach a higher branch, we’ve been extending ourselves with technology. If we had not done that very few of us would be around. Life expectancy was 23 a thousand years ago; 37 in 1800. We’ve already gone beyond the limitations of our biology. That’s what humans are all about.”

They both call it a “philosophical” issue. They seem to imply with this classification that the question, though important, is perhaps ultimately unanswerable. Or to be answered by each individual according to their bent. Of course, with everything else said, Ray is speaking to the inevitability of this becoming. In other words, the philosophical issue has already been decided by those (monies) powering this transition. (Either that or this is happening of its own accord somehow..?) The rest of his answer is blatant avoidance of the question, talking instead about the question rather than offering answer.

His life expectancy numbers are baloney and mean nothing, especially not what he is claiming. Again, though, if your one goal in life is the power of immortality, as it has been for the slave-owning, war-making rulers for thousands of years, then statistical life-expectancy is a potentially useful means of manipulation.

We haven’t gone anywhere near the limits of our biology. Nowhere near. Well, actually, some have.

I could just go on & on. The guy gets away with psychological murder just because he’s talking about things which others will accept they do not know anywhere near as much as he. Reminds me an awful lot of that Noam Chomsky everyone so loves to be subtly manipulated by.


‘AI’ on Discovery Science pt. 1

July 20, 2009

Brink is a show on Discovery Science. The host’s name is Josh Zepps.
“Designed as the next-generation source of interactive science information on television and on the web, Brink is the premier series for immersing viewers on the frontlines of cutting-edge breakthroughs in technology, research, inventions, discoveries and the mysteries of the scientific world.”
Brink: Season 2: Episode 20: Artificial Intelligence

Three stories about current publicly-discussable advances in artificial intelligence.

The first focused on Iowa State University Associate Professor Alex Stoytchev and his graduate students trying to teach their robot – individual android, humanish-replicant-type – to learn.

Stoytchev: “Human beings have this ability to recognize things based on the behaviors that they apply to them. For example if you want to find out if a surface is smooth you run your fingers [delicately, sensitively] on the surface.”

Zepps: “This kind of common sense is learned over years beginning in infancy through what is called ‘procedural learning’.”

Zepps: “His ultimate goal is robot butlers that can figure out for themselves how to do whatever it is we want them to do.”

Stoytchev: “You cannot just program them for one task and expect people to buy them.”

How difficult would it really be to trace this project’s funding back to old slave-owner money? Fortunes were made and fattened upon the slave trade not very many years ago at all really. All i’m really pointing out is that its a consistent expenditure of massive amounts of energy by people who would rather spend their reserves on such goals rather than others. It’s a perversion of the ruling class. (The perversion of the commoners is to associate slavery with skin color.)


2nd story. Microsoft’s Washington State Headquarters. Eric Horvitz, principle researcher. working on an interactive screen personality delivery system for AI, his Virtual Admin.

Horvitz: “…who actually was modeled in some ways after my wonderful human admin who’s upstairs. But this admin is on duty all the time, 24×7. And has deep knowledge on 5 years of my comings and goings. So we’re actually building up deeper and deeper knowledge that personalizes to me by watching over time and knowing my preferences.”

Service to individual human growth & evolution would be to make them aware of their ‘preferences’, their tendencies-habits-ruts, so as to encourage self-awareness and growth, as well as, yes, efficiency. AI is not needed for this. In fact is a contradictory pursuit. Making the necessary data available to a sensitive & discretionary human will be far more effective. In other words, the pursuit includes a certain loathing of the humanness of the human, which would be thought to be unpredictability & exhaustibility (granting them many benefits over doubts), perceived resistance in other words. So they’re so caught up in overcoming the way-more-enormous upfront resistance in trying to ‘create’ towards AI, they’ve failed to realize the unpredictability their ‘finished’ product will inevitably exhibit. Utopians & slave-traders: they’ve lots in common.

Horvitz: “We had to build machinery that would watch and learn over time how people walk together; how they look at each other; how they talk to each other.”

And there’s so much more watching going on now than ever before. I wonder if you could link the data from all the watching eye-cameras. Imagine what the computers could learn from that. I wonder if any secretive groups have the ability to do this. I seem to remember some interesting information-gathering allowances coming out of 9/11.

Zepps: “Horvitz expects systems like these will be part of our lives in 5-7 years.” 

I called AT&T customer service last night. After the first 5 minutes, everything went terrifically. I love how helpful customer service people tend to be when you finally can get through to them. It’s because individual humans tend to be awesome if they are acting in a helpful manner. Unfortunately, the first five minutes were spent talking at an inflexible and unhelpful computer-recording. Basically, AT&T charged me 5 minutes of my life, which they used to train their robots in hopes of soon eliminating even more humanity from their realm. (Were they not actually making use of this time in that way – as the “this call is being recorded for training purposes” message was not delivered till after the robot-portion, as it processed me through to the helpful human – it’s retarded business practice which will soon be corrected. But, I definitely suggest that warning that I was being recorded for training purposes likely applies more to the pre-human interaction than the post. Devious. And it’s probably a good idea then to operate in a manner that encourages the calling-in to customer service in order to extract this training from customers.

google: you can make money w/o doing evil

July 16, 2009

“Google is a business. The revenue the company generates is derived from offering its search technology to companies and from the sale of advertising displayed on Google and on other sites across the web. However, you may have never seen an ad on Google. That’s because Google does not allow ads to be displayed on our results pages unless they’re relevant to the results page on which they’re shown. So, only certain searches produce sponsored links above or to the right of the results. Google firmly believes that ads can provide useful information if, and only if, they are relevant to what you wish to find.”

if there was an original sin, it was preceded by the original advertisement. that apple sure seemed relevant at the time, huh?


Life of a Google Query
it could’ve been the gorgonet right there. but, in the end, they’re more interested in plumping themselves by feeding off their hosts (all individual users) than truly cooperating, which would naturally relieve them of their baseless worried needs of feeding off the host (making money through advertising).

the deceit is always the same. ulimately Google did not appear as users imagine, through inspiration; is not a private entity. both the technology employed and the information used comes from the living of life by individuals, taxpayers in many respects. this, at best, public information is then funneled through a seemingly private company, who is then tasked with distracting them from or charging them for being their own individual selfs.

Meet Google, Your Phone Company

July 15, 2009

A new news media emerges for our new world, unseen and unexpected

July 10, 2009

A new news media emerges for our new world, unseen and unexpected:


this may not go here quite – or anyway as our gorgonet pieces begin to connect – of course greater organization here. let it come naturally.

but no question the transmorphing of “news” sources is as much at the heart of the re-organization of available information as any

Google Chrome OS & What It Means For Future of Computing

July 10, 2009

Google Chrome OS & What It Means For Future of Computing

“The Chrome OS is another step in allowing Google to create what we’ve called the OS for advertising — an ad platform that extends across all devices and all screens.”


–of course we know “adds” are really “subtractions”, huh? – more to come on that one

bartering as gift exchange

July 8, 2009