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What do the Beatles, Dr. Seuss, Emperor Norton I, Burger King and McDonalds, Frankenstein and Jurassic Park, Asimov's Revised Laws of Robotics, the freedom fry, and Charlie Chaplin have in common? They all stop in for a visit and help me discuss some of the ramifications of exploring artificial intelligence.

It's no secret that I've always been a fan of James Burke's Connections ~ more the column in Scientific American, but the show as well ~ and, with the spirt of that sort of thing in mind, I tackled the topic of artificial intelligence in the essay On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men. The essay's been online since 2006, in a serialized hard-to-read format, but it can now be found in one spot on Green Man Envy right here at this link!
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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
By Everett A Warren
March 14, 2004


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17. Charlie Chaplin – Final Speech of "The Great Dictator" (also known as "Look Up, Hannah")
**** http://www.clown-ministry.com/Articles/Poetry/chaplin-great-dictator.html
**** http://promontoryartists.org/lookingcloser/movie%20reviews/A-G/chaplin.htm


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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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16. Ashley Dunn - "Machine Intelligence, Part II: From Bumper Cars to Electronic Minds"

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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8. freedom fry

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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7. Everett A Warren – "Impotent Spirituality" , A Work Forever In Progress, Book II Chapter 7

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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6. Stephen Jay Gould – "The Monster's Human Nature" from Dinosaur in a Haystack

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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"Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind."

I think, perhaps, that rather than trying to design an AI construct, there are more important technologies to focus on. For that very AI will sooner or later – provided we actually gave it the ability to reason – realise that, despite all our past history regarding an aversion to slavery, we have in fact gained no new ground. We resorted to creating our own slaves, and we hope we programmed them with enough self-control to restrain from thanking us for that honour. No, as much as the subject matter interests me, intrigues me, I can see the patterns of our mistakes in prior activities growing with greater speed then before, ascending to greater heights.

There is less flash, less tech-appeal, in the technologies that are of far more value.

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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4. Victor Hugo – "Les Miserables"
**** http://www.penguinputnam.com/static/rguides/us/les_miserables.html
**** http://www.motherbird.com/LesMisera.htm

5. Isaac Asimiov – "Revised Laws of Robotics"

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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"The way of life can be free and beautiful."

Another optimistic sentiment? Perhaps, but a Truth nonetheless.

"But we have lost the way."

Ah, the pessimist will smile. The difference between all the "should"s and "could"s, into the hard, fast, cold realm of "is"s. The usage of "the way" could be taken, by those of Taoist leanings, to imply the Tao itself – The Way – and they wouldn't be too far off the mark of the intent I read in the statements.

We also seem to have strayed somewhat afield of discussions on robotics, binary systems, and AI. In truth, we are just beginning to get to the heart of the matter, the core of our discussion.

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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March 14, 2004


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3. Dr. Seuss (Theodor S. Geisel) – "The Zax", from The Sneetches and Other Stories
**** http://www.eg.bucknell.edu/~cs315/subpages/inline/Zax.html
**** http://www.ksu.edu/english/nelp/seuss/

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On Artificial Intelligence and Machine Men
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2. Norton I, Emperor of the United Stands and Protector of Mexico
**** http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist1/norton.html
**** http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/misc/emperor-norton/
**** http://www.zpub.com/sf/history/nort.html
**** http://www.discordia.org/~keeper/norton.html

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So on NPR Day to Day, they had a talking head blathering on and on about how Bill Frist needs to take a position showing he's Pro-Life (based on what he says he is) or Pro-Choice (based on comments about stem cell research and that the Federal government should not be involved in decisions that should be parental choices.)

So the talking head says - a number of times - that Frist either needs to tell the Pro-Life folks he's Pro-Choice or the Pro-Choice folks he's Pro-Life.

In other words, there are only Two choices, and no sensible person would want otherwise - which would be better stated as Pro-Choice or Anti-Choice *or* Pro-Life or Anti-Life. The point there is I doubt that many Pro-Choice folks are Anti-Life, but it seems a number of Pro-Life folks are actively Anti-Choice, but everybody likes to be politically correct and positive, so it's the pro-s for all involved, especially when the majority of the currently elected faction is likely to get the anti-label.

What really gets me steamed is the thought that Frist must take a binary stand - it's either a 0 or a 1 and reality with all its variations doesn't enter into it.

The government was never intended to be a binary system - if another party actually one what would happen then? for all intents and purposes, it always falls to Republican or Democrat - again, reality has no place in it. You must take all of this option package, and these must be your opinions on all of these issues because that platform is what you believe in, or you're just going to confuse the poor saps who wear blinders on and only see what they're told to see: and everything is either black or white.

Mankind once again heads towards infancy, shackled by imaginary limitations of their own construction.

Mongo just pawn in game of life.

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