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I'm no fan of pomp and spin, but Darwin and his elegant idea deserve a periodic reminder. So, tomorrow, heft a beer in honor of the bravery of objective thinking.
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If robotic limbs were available that were superior to your own limbs, would you opt for the required quad elective amputation?
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+Randall Lee Reetz Pardon? Am I misunderstanding you?
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Artificial intelligence is-es and isn't-s:
Firstly, no intelligence is artificial, no intelligence is any more artificial than any other intelligence. Your own intelligence was artificed by evolution, was artificed by your own development, growth, and learning. All intelligence involves physical structure, structure which must be built up, constructed... artificed.

Secondly, intelligence is a gurenteed property of any and all structures. To understand this second point, one must grasp what intelligence is. Intelligence is prediction. Prediction is evolutionarily advantageous, grants selective fitness, because prediction is more efficient than raw search. If something about an entity allows it not to have to check every square inch of a room every time that entity enters that room, it has an advantage over entities not so endowed. What is difficult for most humans to understand at first, is that prediction doesn't necessarily require a big brain or computer. Prediction, in fact, is a property baked into any and all structures. A hydrogen atom predicts different futures than does a helium atom. A car predicts different futures than does a boat. A short stick predicts different futures than does a long stick.

Prediction, it turns out, is nothing more, than difference and how difference results in selective future outcomes, how difference limits degrees of freedom, reduces probable outcomes. Once we generalize our definition of intelligence, to prediction, we can see intelligence as a smooth cline, a not special property of any structure.

These are the physical actual causal attributes is one must talk to if one is interested in intelligence, in evolution, in learning. Intelligence isn't a philosophical or spiritual thing. It predated brains and computers and life. It can be as simple as two bits held in stable relation (order) to one another. It changes the future. Each structure, each "intelligence", "predicts" a different future than does any other structure. Predictions are either advantageous or disadvantageous and this is a measure of their fidelity to the deepest widest actual eventual future. Other intelligences, intelligences that don't predict deeply and widely will not be as competitively successful, will not survive the evolutionary selection gauntlet, will not be as effective at reducing the inefficiency of raw search.

Ok, now we come to the third essential aspect of intelligence... Intelligence must do more than correctly identify the end state, it must causally connect the present to that final eventuality. Intelligence must predict the shortest path from any here and now to the one eventual then and there.
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Well that's of course why I chose the image... but I also like illustrations that only hint at and cause people to ponder their own relationship to the post's content. I'd prefer it if images were not allowed. I'm a bit ashamed to post it at all. If you scroll down through my posts you'll see that I do worse with imagery, and often.
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Artificial intelligence is-es and isn't-s:
Firstly, no intelligence is artificial, no intelligence is any more artificial than any other intelligence. Your own intelligence was artificed by evolution, was artificed by your own development, growth, and learning. All intelligence involves physical structure, structure which must be built up, constructed... artificed.

Secondly, intelligence is a guaranteed property of any and all structures. To understand this second point, one must grasp what intelligence is. Intelligence is prediction. Prediction is evolutionarily advantageous, grants selective fitness, because prediction is more efficient than raw search. If something about an entity allows it not to have to check every square inch of a room every time that entity enters that room, it has an advantage over entities not so endowed. What is difficult for most humans to understand at first, is that prediction doesn't necessarily require a big brain or computer. Prediction, in fact, is a property baked into any and all structures. A hydrogen atom predicts different futures than does a helium atom. A car predicts different futures than does a boat. A short stick predicts different futures than does a long stick.

Prediction, it turns out, is nothing more, than difference and how difference results in selective future outcomes, how difference limits degrees of freedom, reduces probable outcomes. Once we generalize our definition of intelligence, to prediction, we can see intelligence as a smooth cline, a not special property of any structure.

These are the physical actual causal attributes is one must talk to if one is interested in intelligence, in evolution, in learning. Intelligence isn't a philosophical or spiritual thing. It predated brains and computers and life. It can be as simple as two bits held in stable relation (order) to one another. It changes the future. Each structure, each "intelligence", "predicts" a different future than does any other structure. Predictions are either advantageous or disadvantageous and this is a measure of their fidelity to the deepest widest actual eventual future. Other intelligences, intelligences that don't predict deeply and widely will not be as competitively successful, will not survive the evolutionary selection gauntlet, will not be as effective at reducing the inefficiency of raw search.

Ok, now we come to the third essential aspect of intelligence... Intelligence must do more than correctly identify the end state, it must causally connect the present to that final eventuality. Intelligence must predict the shortest path from any here and now to the one eventual then and there.
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WTF? This is disappointing. I've always seen Mr Maher as a voice of critical reason. Oh well.
Maher gives this controversial doctor an unchallenged platform, even though Sheen says the AIDS "cure" didn't work
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Regarding the latest AI Go game solution:

Ask it to explain the game of go and how the game is vulnerable to solution.

Ask it what solving go taught it about problem solving in general. Ask it to explain the difference between problems and solutions. Ask it to develop and explain a framework for general problem identification, modeling, and solving.

Oh, and to explain its progress, mistakes, and new insights along the way.

If it can't, it's an elaborate dancing bear parlor game.
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Then I can see why you'd not want to admit the blinding noise that is subjective motive.
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My interest in evolution is motivated by:
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Frustration with Religion
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Computation and AI
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Understanding Change
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If you knew that this poll question might be edited after you vote, would you vote anyway?
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Oo, yes I have.
It's so obvious as to be not worth indulging you.
But then, G+ is so awash with the craniallly evacuated, doubtless you will be deluged with positive responders. 
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If robotic limbs were available that were superior to your own limbs, would you opt for the required quad elective amputation?
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Your comment is a thing, for your sake, I hope it isn't what it appears.
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Artificial intelligence is-es and isn't-s:
Firstly, no intelligence is artificial, no intelligence is any more artificial than any other intelligence. Your own intelligence was artificed by evolution, was artificed by your own development, growth, and learning. All intelligence involves physical structure, structure which must be built up, constructed... artificed.

Secondly, intelligence is a gurenteed property of any and all structures. To understand this second point, one must grasp what intelligence is. Intelligence is prediction. Prediction is evolutionarily advantageous, grants selective fitness, because prediction is more efficient than raw search. If something about an entity allows it not to have to check every square inch of a room every time that entity enters that room, it has an advantage over entities not so endowed. What is difficult for most humans to understand at first, is that prediction doesn't necessarily require a big brain or computer. Prediction, in fact, is a property baked into any and all structures. A hydrogen atom predicts different futures than does a helium atom. A car predicts different futures than does a boat. A short stick predicts different futures than does a long stick.

Prediction, it turns out, is nothing more, than difference and how difference results in selective future outcomes, how difference limits degrees of freedom, reduces probable outcomes. Once we generalize our definition of intelligence, to prediction, we can see intelligence as a smooth cline, a not special property of any structure.

These are the physical actual causal attributes is one must talk to if one is interested in intelligence, in evolution, in learning. Intelligence isn't a philosophical or spiritual thing. It predated brains and computers and life. It can be as simple as two bits held in stable relation (order) to one another. It changes the future. Each structure, each "intelligence", "predicts" a different future than does any other structure. Predictions are either advantageous or disadvantageous and this is a measure of their fidelity to the deepest widest actual eventual future. Other intelligences, intelligences that don't predict deeply and widely will not be as competitively successful, will not survive the evolutionary selection gauntlet, will not be as effective at reducing the inefficiency of raw search.

Ok, now we come to the third essential aspect of intelligence... Intelligence must do more than correctly identify the end state, it must causally connect the present to that final eventuality. Intelligence must predict the shortest path from any here and now to the one eventual then and there.
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Prediction is always better than search... if it maps (some of) the caisal territory. But remember, prediction IS cause. Where it isnt, it is merely projection. Projection pays heed to ariving at local minimums... prediction to ariving at the universal minimum.
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What motivates your interest in Artificial Intelligence?
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Human Space Exploration
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I am directly questioning your noise, because it so overwhelms your ideas that they aren't even wrong. There is nothing logical to do in such cases but dissect your noise and it's origin. 
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MEASURING WOO
After witnessing an alarming number of woo posts and comments to a "Neuroscience & Neurology" Google+ group, I decided to post a couple of surveys that might help me better characterize the philosophical distribution of the group. I choose to center both surveys on the topic "consciousness" simply because it was the word most often used in this group. The results are as scary and as anti-science as I expected. You will notice that I wrote the surveys in the language and spirit of the woo I was alarmed by... (except for the fourth choice in the 2nd survey) the survey choices I authored are blatant cartoon versions woo... I made them up!

The first survey (photo below) asked: "What motivates your interest in "consciousness"?
https://plus.google.com/+RandallLeeReetz/posts/989hnkmpsGs

The second survey simply asked "Consciousness is..."
 https://plus.google.com/+RandallLeeReetz/posts/5vSmniVXkzt

I spend a good deal of my effort here on Google+ reminding people of the noise of vantage (locality and motive), and how science goes about identifying that noise in order that means may be devised to filter it such that the real shared objective world might be measured and formalized. Seems the closer we get to our identity, biology, thinking, being, the louder and more blinding is the noise science must filter. Sad. Instructive.

The "Neuroscience & Neurology" group I am discussing here claims more than 38,000 members. My little surveys may not properly characterize the motivational makeup of the population distribution. However, I seem to be the only member of the group who ever complains of the non-scientific flavor of most of this group's posts and comments. 

So, given the problem with noise and how that noise seems to grow to infinity the closer one gets to topics close to the self, how does one go about finding real science in fields like brain science that attract so much woo?
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Consulting at the intersection of computation, self evolving systems, decentralized node based computing, artificial intelligence,
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Rapid Software Prototyping, Interface and Interaction Design, Information Access and Navigation Environments, Universal Simulation Environments,Thermodynamics-based Evolution Theory, Self-Evolving Intelligence
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I block all Google+'ers who don't share a full profile (including a comprehensive "Introduction" section), a full legal name, a recent and accurate photo, a means of direct communication, or who use this forum for purposes other than honest and serious discussions of real issues. I also block people who rarely or never post their own original thoughts in their own words.

PASSIONS AND MOTIVATIONS
Darwin did a fair job defining the HOW of evolution – within the domain of biology. But the scope of evolution is far larger than the bounds of biology.

I seek a domain independent understanding of evolution. I seek the WHY of evolution. Why does complexity increase in pockets? Complexity is energy and configuration expensive. In a universe that can only get more and more simple, maximal complexity is the fastest path towards the deepest eventuality. Evolution is the process by which the universe iteratively computes the shortest path from all here and now's to the asymptote that is heat death.

The ultimate fate of the universe is set and unavoidable. The only variable is the rate at which it gets there. Configurations that maximize this rate dominate the energy flow within their environment and thus have the greatest influence over the shape of change. You can only maximize energy flow to the extent with which you understand it.  Knowledge and the processing of knowledge is what evolution in any universe will produce.

You can get better and better at knowing how the universe works and why – or you can become food for systems that do. There is no other option.

THE EMPIRICAL CREED
ALL of my theory work is Standard Model Compliant. If a measurement has been taken, I assume that the result MUST be considered valid. Furthermore, ALL theory must agree with ALL measurement and with ALL measurement confirmed theory – period. No exceptions. This is the solemn oath we take before we engage in the scientific process.
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Evolution as entropy
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"By combining recent advances in the physical sciences with some of the novel ideas, techniques, and data of modern biology, this book attem

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Funny Jokes and Inspiring Quotes :)

Computation Language Information Nature Evolution
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Promoting a scientific exploration of the causal emergence of complexity.

COMPLEXITY METRIC
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COMPLEXITY METRIC. Change increases entropy. The only variable; how fast the Universe falls towards chaos. Determining this rate is the comp

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CLINE was established to encourage and facilitate the scientific exploration of the intersection of computation, language, information, comp

50'000€ Prize for Compressing Human Knowledge
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50'000€ Prize for Compressing Human Knowledge by Marcus Hutter