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The Thing That I Did That One Time I Was Told To – Aiden

What were my questions

My base questions were: Is it murder to remove power to a self aware machine

What is a machine

What is self aware

How does the ability to return power affect the machine/

My Plan

My plan was to just sit down and devote all mental faculties to the questions. I would write down all thoughts as they occured. I would perhaps use artificial intelligences in fiction as examples, or basis for thought.

Essentially sit in a dark room with a keyboard  and silence, a small list of A.I’s in mind and write down everything I knew, every idea I had, every hypothetical and metaphor and question I could think of for an hour or more, as ideas occurred to me.

What happened

The plan worked. I sat with a glass of lukewarm water and the Wikipedia list of fictional artificial characters. To start with, my brother interrupted me somewhat, so I put on noise cancelling earmuffs. Dark room, silence, hydration and input machine.

I started out cranking out questions that I posed, that others have posed and anything I can think of. After a while, my eyes started to glaze over and my typing accuracy began to plummet. I got through my opinions of what death is, using the dictionary definition as well. I explained my view on whether or not its murder(yes it is) to turn off an electric brain. Some ideas I had to start with I never got to discuss, because instead of accelerating and coming up with new ideas, after about 50 minutes my mind started slowing down. I attribute this to the flu that kept me from school today. To begin with, I was going to discuss death and its difference from sleep, but move onto what I think the future of artificial intelligences might be, the answers I assume to commonly asked questions; i.e RoboPrison? RoboTaxes? RoboHouses? to which the answer is I doubt there will be enough artificial intelligences around to warrant that, not built to be personal servants. I actually have a lot to say on this, I should include it somewhere else. I was going to discuss the nature of the soul, whether or not something made by man could have one if they in fact exist. If machines can have souls, could someone be reincarnated as one? from one? The difference between a baby and a newly made mind. I was going to discuss if a brain needs to be indistinguishable from a human to deserve rights. Why something cannot act differently from us and still deserve some basic respect. I was going to consider the differences between the death of an individual mind versus a single branch of a mind, a mind hosted on one machine, but inhabits many others. I was going to discuss if we consider ourselves higher life forms than animals, and why its always best to let a bird die to save the life of a  human, and why we’re different, can a machine be considered a higher life form than humans. More emotion, more thought capabilities, more senses, more sensations etc.

There were a lot of ideas in my mind at the start which I have thought about since then, as a result of this hour of thought, but what actually happened was a gradual rise in blah-bad-idea-get-smarter-aiden.

Findings discoveries artefacts questions

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I had thought I was getting bored with the topic after a week or more of it, but after this, just thinking of what I could have written about, what I should have said, more questions occurred to me and more opinions formed.

Some ideas I had to start with I never got to discuss, because instead of accelerating and coming up with new ideas, after about 50 minutes my mind started slowing down. I attribute this to the flu that kept me from school today. To begin with, I was going to discuss death and its difference from sleep, but move onto what I think the future of artificial intelligences might be, the answers I assume to commonly asked questions; i.e RoboPrison? RoboTaxes? RoboHouses? to which the answer is I doubt there will be enough artificial intelligences around to warrant that, not built to be personal servants. I actually have a lot to say on this, I should include it somewhere else. I was going to discuss the nature of the soul, whether or not something made by man could have one if they in fact exist. If machines can have souls, could someone be reincarnated as one? from one? The difference between a baby and a newly made mind. I was going to discuss if a brain needs to be indistinguishable from a human to deserve rights. Why something cannot act differently from us and still deserve some basic respect. I was going to consider the differences between the death of an individual mind versus a single branch of a mind, a mind hosted on one machine, but inhabits many others. I was going to discuss if we consider ourselves higher life forms than animals, and why its always best to let a bird die to save the life of a  human, and why we’re different, can a machine be considered a higher life form than humans. More emotion, more thought capabilities, more senses, more sensations etc.

Another thing I got out of this was the realization that any ideas I have could be extraordinarily inaccurate. They’re what I think are good ideas and what could happen. They could be as immature as those several hundred people in Vancouver who believe in anarchy. They could be as foolish as the writers of Max Headroom thinking that might be the future.

There’s a good chance all the ideas and opinions I formed are silly and wrong, but I wont be able to tell till I’m a crotchety old man.

 

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