SkynetWatch: How The Machines Will Learn To Think

on Thursday, May. 16th

Here, let this article by Canadian futurist and i09 contributor George Dvorsky ruin your day. He's aptly titled it: How Skynet Might Emerge From Simple Physics

In the paper, which now appears in Physical Review Letters, Harvard physicist and computer scientist Dr. Alex Wissner-Gross posits a Maximum Causal Entropy Production Principle — a conjecture that intelligent behavior in general spontaneously emerges from an agent’s effort to ensure its freedom of action in the future. According to this theory, intelligent systems move towards those configurations which maximize their ability to respond and adapt to future changes.

The line "spontaneously emerges from an agent’s effort to ensure its freedom of action in the future" in the quote above strikes me as particularly interesting.

Shades of William Gibson's "information wants to be free". There's something profound about the idea of intelligence being bound up with the drive to expand the range of action on has access to.

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