Ender Turing

Yesterday I watched the movie Ender’s Game and last summer I had read the book. The movie now made me think about the main character, Ender’s story from the perspective of this blog. In towards the end, he sensed that this might not be just a computer simulation. For one part, the Formics at the final battle missbehaved, in the sense of a computer simulation – they waited, instead of taking action to defeat Ender. This is related how good chess players beat computer, I’ve heard: The computer doesn’t anticipate the player to do inefficient moves.

For another part, Ender sensed the Formics. They had telepathically communicated with him – apparently mostly through his dreams. However, in the very end, Ender was awake communicating with one of them. Perhaps closer proximity helped with the telepathy. Of course, this is (science) fiction, but it refers to what I’m looking for: What else is there into sensing the sentient presence of another in an interaction, than mere inefficiencies?

In the Turing’s test you are supposed to differentiate between a real human being and an artificial intelligence. I guess most efficient strategy is to discuss stories and try to make the computer fail in consistency, understanding of reality or understanding of concepts and their relations. This is generally about spotting the human inefficiently waiting and not trying to win – something a computer is less likely to do. How about strategies involving actually sensing another person behind the interaction?

Communication with and without presence

This post is an analysis of the fundamentals of this blog. There are the concepts of our “self” and the “other”; the “presence” of ourselves as such and as “being here”; the “presence” of an other here with us; the “person” and the “sentience”; and then, amongst all of these concepts, the “communication”, “interaction” and “sensing” between them.

Professor Jens Allwood defined communication as sharing, at NordForsk Research Training Course: Feedback, Communicative Gesturing, and Gazing in May 2011 What then is the difference between communication and interaction? What is the difference between interacting or communicating with another person, a smart phone and a piece of stone? Continue reading “Communication with and without presence”