Humanity Version 2.0 Part-3

Human Brain Interface and beyond

Granting super powers to humanity (Part -3)

Welcome again!

 

Hey there folks. If you have made it here, then you probably would have read the first two parts of this series. In the first part we saw how our brain works and what are the things we should do to establish an interface between the human brain and a computer. In the second part we saw the things that are possible when such a connection could be established and we were only scratching the surface there.

 

What we are going to see in this part is different. For we are going to abandon the concept of human brain and jump into the world of computers to achieve the final stage of “human” evolution that will happen here on earth. Probably this is just wishful thinking and there are no current signs that this is going to happen in the near future, but there is nothing wrong in letting our imagination go wild. So let’s get started. And unlike the other two articles which were backed with solid facts on BMI and other technology, this part is going to have more of abstract concepts which require deeper research.

 

Things we need to understand before getting to the finale:

 

1. Understanding artificial intelligence and its role in uploading human conscience into a computer.

2. Things that are possible once our conscience is uploaded into a computer. (Ah! The cool Sci-Fi stuff)

 

Simple definition for AI (Artificial Intelligence)

The simplest definition I can give for Artificial intelligence is that, it is a software which is capable of doing things our human brain can do​, except that it runs  on hardware made of metal and silicon and other semiconductors(electronics) or even materials expected to take over the future such as graphene,etc,.

 

 

What are we going to achieve by implementing human intelligence using electronics and software when nature has already given us the human brain? To put it short: It doesn’t need food. It doesn’t get exhausted very easily like we humans do. It can be replicated easily, learn at a faster rate and have very high reaction speeds. It can even have additional senses that we humans do not have. We will see this in the latter part of the series as I love to keep mind blowing parts for the finale. But how can we tell the a software has reached the intelligence and sentience level of human? There are a few tests for this:

 

I. Turing test:  In a Turing test a human and a robot are kept in two closed rooms and a second human interacts with the robot and the human. For a robot to pass the Turing test, it should converse with the second human such that the human shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the robot and the actual human. The human can ask any questions.

 

 

 

But there is a loophole in this test: Let’s say that we have programmed the robot to answer all the questions that humans can ask in a decent and convincing manner does that mean that we have achieved artificial intelligence? Definitely no right? Intelligence is not only about answering questions. It is something more that we humans intuitively know but cannot explain it in simple words. But we definitely know that AI cannot be achieved by brute force coding of the all possibilities.

 

II. The Robot College Student Test: In this test, a robot should go a college and learn new things it has never heard of and form a good understanding of things and reality around it. But still my intuition tell that this is not a solution.

 

 

Being able to learn existing things is not necessarily a sign of intelligence. Because our current machine learning algorithms can learn from a given set of data and predict results for data which is completely new to it. Even if we could develop a common AI for all solutions (AGI i.e., Artificial general intelligence or AI singularity), the AI can only give a solution but not a reason for that.This is similar to us, not being able to explain what is conscience but unable to give a perfect definition for it. So what else is needed?

I have come up with a test of my own.

 

III. Existential crisis test: We humans have created concepts and got ideas which were never thought of before. We have this something called curiosity and questioned the reality and tried to explain how things work the way they are working and we have developed tools like math and various disciplines of studies and research to explain the way the universe works. And hence I came up with this new test of mine.

The robot should get doubts like what is the purpose of our existence in an intuitive way just like we humans. Basically the robot should have an existential crisis. What it does after getting such a crisis is beyond the scope of this article. (Spoiler alert: Mass Genocide)

 

 

For a robot to get existential crisis, we should first understand how humans get ideas and experience existential crisis. Unfortunately, we are not able to explain that with our current knowledge we only have an intuitive feel about human conscience. Nevertheless let us try to understand human conscience.

 

What is conscience?

Whenever we talk about artificial intelligence and similar topics the concept of conscience always tags along. So why is that? To explain it in simpler terms, conscience is like the software of a computer except the hardware in which it runs on is the human brain. But how did conscience come to exist in the first place? The best answer we have now is that: It came through billions of years of evolution through mutations and natural selections. But is that right? Does that mean that humans and our thoughts are all consequences of the nature? Well I tried to experiment with that notion and I wrote an article about the same on Quill long ago. Here is the link:

 

Thoughts

 

So, I am assuming that the things which we expect an AI to do is happening due to the processes in our brain and we don’t have free will. But there is a possible concept which could prove this assumption wrong. In quantum size everything is just random and probabilistic and not causal. So, if our thoughts are result of such actions we might have free will. But as I said at the beginning these are just speculations.

 

The need to replicate conscience

At the beginning of the article I said we have to abandon the concept of brain then why is this article about the working of brain and conscience? The simple answer is this: The easiest way to create an Artificial body to hold human conscience is to study the properties of human brain and conscience and to create a vessel which can hold these without killing us in the process. All we have to do is to study the A-Z of the brain and replicate it in synthetic form using our hardware technologies and once we have what our brain can do without even missing out the slightest detail, we are good to go to the next stage which is the grand finale of this series. Just do remember that the concepts I am talking now have crossed the border between fact and fiction and it is more of fiction and abstracts rather than facts. So stay tuned for the final part and I conclude this article with this quote:

 

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t.

 

Written by: Kishore. K, Third year,  Electronics and Communication Engineering

 

 

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