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the future is now p2

Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto

like the pesky insects in the anthill and the neurons in our brain the more connections there are in a system the more complex and lifelike it becomes i read a theory some time ago about the ocean being an organism of its own with it’s diverse ever-expanding marine life somewhat similar to us with our billions of cells and bacteria if we’re are self-aware couldn’t the seabed be too? that of course depends on how self-awareness came to be as it could just as likely (if not more) to be an evolutionary trait of social primates

why be aware of yourself if it is not because of others in your vicinity

Thom Yorke of Radiohead

can’t computers achieve the same complexity? with enough transistors or enough nodes in a neural network maybe they could if we go with the hypothesis of the complexity of a system being the sole reason behind self-awareness

if it is an evolutionary step for a social being, then we’d have to rethink how our neural networks (NN) propagate instead of an algorithm choosing the most suitable NN to propagate through mitosis (a watered down summary of an approach to evolving NN) we’d have to make the NNs to choose their own partners to propagate with it would be necessary for a successful NN to not only choose the correct partner but also show off their positive traits for their future lineage to survive and in that way trigger a social evolution (this approach would not be applicable to normal computers, which are mostly static)

you are correct in thinking that i am getting a bit carried away with the self-aware computer discussion similar to a pothead at a party jabbing about the meaning of life in reality it would probably not matter if a computer is aware of itself or not (how hard would it be to program a computer with a webcam to recognize itself in a mirror to pass the test?)

if an agent acts and respond to inputs as being self-aware, why would it matter if it's not