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  • Mike Doran
    More on Crichton: From the back cover: Crichton: A cloud of nanoparticles--micro-robots . . . This cloud is self sustaining and self-reproducing. It is
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 15, 2003
      More on Crichton:

      From the back cover:

      Crichton: "A cloud of nanoparticles--micro-robots . . . This cloud is
      self sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns
      from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive."

      Crichton, whether he fully understands what he wrote or not, has
      described the nucleotide modulating forcing on cirrus clouds--how
      inbetween the conductive ionosphere and conductive oceans heat
      trapping particles will move or not in an organized manner depending
      on the weight and charge of the nucleotide parosal.

      Crichton: "It has been programmed as a preditor. It is evolving
      swiftly, becomeing more deadly with each passing hour."

      Wrong. It has a symbiotic relationship with the cellular life below
      in the oceans, and the role below is to influence conductivities
      there--influecing how the particles will move most effectively in the
      field. The goal is to modulate chaotic climate conditions and
      feedback living temperatures, hydrology and temperatures.

      More specifically starting on page 72:

      Crichton: "After working for years with multi-agent systems, you
      begin to see life in terms of those programs.

      Basically, you can think fo a multi-agent environment as something
      like a chessboard, and the agents like chess pieces. The agents
      interact on the chess board to attain a goal, just the way the chess
      pieces move to win a game."


      Crichton: "The differences is that nobody is moving the agents. They
      interact on their own to produce the outcome."

      Wrong. The job of the skyborne nucleotides was to feedback living
      temperatures and chemistries behind an OVERALL pattern of electrical
      fields and currents. What moved these "agents" was a combination of
      chaotic inputs from changes in solar insOlation, lumenosity, season--
      even cosmic ray flux AND how the biosphere from below modulated these
      electrical inputs. Successful modulations above and below recombine
      to reproduce small nucleotides units above and larger, conductivity
      altering ecology below--to form a living entity that survives.

      Crichton: "If you design the agents to have memory, they know things
      about their environment. They remember where they've been on the
      board, and what happened there. They can go back to certain places,
      with certain expectations. Eventually, programmers say the agents
      have beliefs about their environment and that they are acting on
      those beliefs. It's not literally true, of course, but it might as
      well be true. It looks that way."

      For early pre-cellular life, it indeed was literally true. From
      above, with the cirrus, the heat trapping uniformity came from the
      nucleotide parasols -- but from below the nucleotides eventually
      evolved the ability to, by their volume, to influence conductivities
      below--and the two began to have a relationship that resulted in a
      global entity that best modulated the chaotic changes that earth has
      faced over the past four billion years. The memory below was more
      complex in the sense that cellular life is complex, whereas from
      above it was, again, just weight and charge. They then rained down
      back to recombine (the certain place) with the certain expectation
      that they had fed back the proper temperature and chemistries to
      survive yet again. However, if chaotic climate inputs changed,
      nucleotide parosols and conductivity patterns below that did
      regionally survive would--and the remaining would get blow into
      places where eventually sun and wind and temperatures/chemistry would
      destroy them, and not allow them to pass on.

      Crichton: "But what's interesting is that over time, some agents
      develop mistaken beliefs. Whether from a motivation conflict, or some
      other reason, they start acting inappropriately. "

      No. The nucleotide parasols no longer trap heat and enhance
      convection and produce surviving chemistries and temperatures below

      Crichton: "The environment has changed but they don't seem to know
      it. They repeat outmoded patterns. Their behavior no longer reflects
      the reality of the chesssboard. It's as if they are stuck in the

      Nucleotides are not self aware, but the rest of it is good.

      Crichton: "In evolutionary programs, those agents get killed off."

      Or they don't rain down, sorted nicely by parosal weight and charge,
      to a set of nucleotides that would recombine with them to make more
      particles to blow back up to the clouds when ambiant winds call. But,
      the surviving members have to have the ability to evolve back even to
      what did NOT survive in the sense that there is many solutions over
      time for the problem of climate modulations to chaotic inputs.

      Crichton: "They have no children. In other multi-agent programs, they
      just get bypassed, pushed to the periphery while the main thrust of
      agents moves on. Some programs have a "grim reaper" module that sifts
      them out from time to time, and pulls them of the board.

      But the point is, they're suck in their own past. Sometimes they pull
      themselves together, and get back on track. Sometimes they don't. "

      Good stuff. Oh, the subconscious mind. I have heard Crichton on
      Charlie Rose recently talking about how sometimes in the creative
      process you are not even aware what you are talking about until well
      after it has happened. What I wonder is how many people are writing
      and talking about Gaia this way--and when will it really come into
      the public's awareness
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