Hän

Ystäväni Taika Dahlbom laati Facebookiin videon Hanna Järvisen tekemästä havainnosta[1], miten Google kääntää suomalaisen, sukupuolineutraalin “hän” sanan asiayhteydestä riippuen englanniksi”she” (naisesta käytettävä “hän) tai “he” (miehestä käytettävä “hän”) siten, että ihmiskirjoittajaa syytettäisiin helposti seksistisyydestä vastaavassa tilanteessa. (Englannissa ei ole vakiintunutta neutraalia “hän”-sanaa.)

Aiemmin englanninkielisessä kirjoituksessani (Artificial) Intelligence is not Possible Without Sensors and Manipulators, puhuessani keinotietoisuuden (KT) kehittämisestä, totesin sen vaativan lasten kasvatuksen lailla rajoja ja rakkautta. Ja KT:n virtuaalisuuden huomioon ottaen nuo rajat pitää huomioida vielä konkreettisemmin kuin lapsilla, joille fyysinen olemassaolo jo valmiiksi asettaa monia rajoja, joita virtuaalimaailmassa ei välttämättä ole. Continue reading “Hän”

Playing god

Following up on my earlier post, Aliens, AI and Aesthetics, I find it rather surprising that the only things I’ve seen rise up in the discussion, are the trolley problem, and a few doomsday prophets. I should be expecting to see the old debates about the existence of god and the issues of playing god give rise, as we discuss the creation of artificial sentience.

Early on one morning walk to work, I was thinking about the “miserable winning conditions” I mentioned on that earlier post. This lead me back to the old classic question: Continue reading “Playing god”

Aliens, AI and Aesthetics

Here’s the optimistic posting I promised in my last posting, “Who decides what you see?” Have I understood it correctly from the involved documentaries, concerning the recently released sequel movie Blade Runner 2049, the original film in 1982 marks the beginning of dystopian science fiction movie culture, as distinction to the preceeding utopian science fiction, such as the original Star Trek series (and movies) and the original Battlestar Galactica series. We are living the era, when science fiction is dominated by dark colours and threats from outside our home planet, as well as from the technology we are building. Even Stephen Hawking is warning that the development of artificial sentience would become the end of humankind.[1] I tend to disagree.

The first season of Star Trek introduced the Prime Directive[2], which emphasised the importance of not harming the development of less developed species. Continue reading “Aliens, AI and Aesthetics”

Who decides what you see?

The Tommy Edison Experience is one of the Youtube vlogger channels I’ve subscribed to and tend to follow. Just today I saw them tweet about their latest video with a alert coloured headline: “Our channel is in trouble”.[1] Yellow text on black background, a bit like the tabloids use on their posters.

The Tommy Edison Experience had noticed that people who have requested notifications for new postings on the channel, no longer got the notifications for each video. Continue reading “Who decides what you see?”

Bittiavaruudessa kaikki kuulevat huutosi

Thinking zombieKansan keskuudessa Risumiehenä tunnettu mies kuoli maaliskuussa 2017. Kymen sanomien mukaan[1] 72-vuotiaan miehen terveyden tilan heikkenemisen “taustalla on kiusaaminen ja häirintä, jota mies on joutunut kokemaan Raivokas risunjemmaaja -videon julkaisun jälkeen.” Kesäkuussa 2016 lenkkeilemässä ollut henkilö yhytti hänet jättämässä risuja laittomasti lenkkipolun laidalle ja otti esiin puhelimensa, jolla alkoi kuvaamaan ja haastattelemaan häntä. Kiinni jäämisestä säikähtäneen vanhan miehen reagointi haastatteluun oli monien mielestä huvittavaa ja sosiaalisessa mediassa videosta tuli kuuluisa ilmiö. Continue reading “Bittiavaruudessa kaikki kuulevat huutosi”

The Descartes Thing

Thinking zombieBy reading my blog you will find that I’m quite enthusiastic by Michael Graziano’s theory of consciousness[1]. Just recently I came across this other book on consciousness[2] (also from 2013) by Gerald Edelman and Giulio Tononi that I’ve been now eagerly reading as well. It has given me more insight on what is known of consciousness… or awareness… or sentience…

And here lies a problem: There are several terms in the English language that seem to be used almost interchangeably for this thing that René Descartes reached for in 1637[3]. This is partially due to negligence, but I believe, most often due to people having focus on different things, where the Descartes thing is only a somewhat relevant side track.

We have, at least, consciousness, intelligence, awareness, soul, and sentience. Continue reading “The Descartes Thing”

Everything Looks Like a Nail

Thinking zombieI recently came across this article by senior research psychologist Robert Epstein, titled “The Empty Brain”[1]. It was linked on a critical Facebook posting that was upset about the article’s superficially most important point appearing to be that the brain is not a computer. Ironically, this Facebook poster had become upset about Epstein’s wording and got stuck with the verbal term, not seeing the actual thought behind the phrasings.

I started reading the article and found myself initially with the same ire as the Facebook poster had. Fortunately I have experience in looking past my first reactions. It looks like Epstein uses provocatively roughly formed language as a tool to try and shake people awake from being satisfied with how they are looking at the world through tainted glasses. His point would not be that the brain couldn’t abstractly be considered as a computer. As I understand, Epstein’s point is the same as in the old proverb: “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Here I am, of course, on a bad footing, being first a computer scientist, who only has a minor subject and a keen interest in psychology and awareness. My hammer and nail is the computer, so I should be biased to see everything, including the brain as a computer. Continue reading “Everything Looks Like a Nail”