- Jun 20, 2006** We could define the purpose of artificial intelligence as being
the attempt to mechanically create consciousness. The question is,
if AI engineers succeed in their purpose, would it be true
consciousness that they create, or would it be the type of
consciousness that is already found in mechanical devices such as
calculators and computer, just on a more sophisticated level? My
view is that true consciousness cannot be generated by formal logic
systems or by any other computational type of intelligence that uses
machine learning, or statistical analysis, or case based reasoning,
or Bayesian networks. It's the non-material forces of the soul that
form the only value-relationships worth living for.
** The atomic level is information. That is, it is data. Atoms are
not simply Newtonian balls of energy that whirl around inside their
own invisible world, producing magnetism, gravitation, light, the
strong and weak nuclear force---but are "bits" of information that
continually "inform" physical mass, telling it how to behave.
Heisenberg made this radical assertion when he paraphrased
Heraclitus: "Information is indeed the material of which all the
elementary particles, all atoms and therefore all things in general
are made, and at the same time information is also that which is
moved... Information can be transformed into movement, heat, light,
and tension. Information can be regarded as the cause of all changes
in the world."
** The universe stores data at a two dimensional level---again like a
computer. The difference is that, within the universe, the data is
entwined within higher dimensions. Universal memory is an
infinitely long series of 1's and 0's forever growing as the universe
gathers more information about itself. Every object in the universe--
-a floating leaf, a grain of dust, a sun flare, even space-time
itself---derives its form from the data-imbued impulses streaming
into the world from an immaterial source of knowledge.