Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Philosophy Questions

What is the evil spirit as described by Descartes? How do you know whether or not it exists? What do you know for sure about the world around you? Could you be mistaken?

Rene Descartes it seems wanted to create universal concepts about the nature of existence however he must have had difficulty at times because he created the suggestion of an “evil spirit”. Descartes says “…not that there is a supremely good god but that there is an evil spirit, who is supremely powerful and intelligent, and does his utmost to deceive me” at first he believed it to be God but then realized that it is not a characteristic of God and the evil spirit he had created would deceive him. Descartes said the evil spirit was responsible for his misconceptions and suggested as though his memory was the evil spirit that was deceitful and created illusions to confuse him.

This is a very fascinating thought that would make would create a lot of confusion in a person, because they wouldn’t ever understand if something were real in their memory or mind or merely an illusion created by the evil spirit. It could cause a person to go insane such as it may have cause Descartes to because it causes a person to question the consistency of the human mind. It seems to make sense that there is something that confuses the mind at times and can cause it to possibly believe something that isn’t true, such as the evil spirit however I know there is a way out of this. If I were to answer Descartes question in a more Matrix fashion it seems to me that the only way of living life is to survive in the present physical universe and not believe that we are in a “Matrix” unless there is something that significantly happens to us that would make you believe that there is one. However it seems the only way of being rational would be to live in this existence of the world.

I know for certain that I am an immortal spiritual being; my capabilities are unlimited even if not presently realized. I know I am me, not my body, but that I use it to get along in this physical universe. I have a mind that contains a memory bank that helps me figure things out in life. I also have a consciousness or a spirit, basically a thing that is aware. I know that the goal in life is survival and that there are eight urges of survival. I also believe that only until I understand myself fully in the spiritual sense will I understand the “creator”. I also know that there are situations that can happen in life that can create a negative impact on the mind and can often times create a long term situation however I know through my religious beliefs there is a way out of the negative impact these can create on a human and the idea of Descartes evil spirit can inevitably be handled to a lesser or greater degree.

I know that I could be mistaken about my beliefs and that there could possibly be another answer that I have not found thus far but I am not afraid of it in any way because of the religion that I was brought up in I know that I have a greater awareness that other people and that I am not worshipping some god mindlessly but instead using basic tools, lessons to solve the problems in my life rather than praying or hoping. I know that someday once I have discovered who I am as a spiritual being I will be able to understand the creator and have a greater awareness of life and what my purpose is in a more universal sense but until that happens I know that my basic goal in life is survival, I don’t really need to think of the bigger game right now because honestly surviving in this planet alone is enough for me.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My conversation with the Jaberwacky (automated conversation)

Know any good jokes?

Si, pero no me gusta.

Pues azlo aunque sea 1 vez.

Que? No entiendo.

Yes entiendo.



Eres stupido.

No soy un chico.

Cuantos anos.


Eres stupido.

No soy un chico.

Cuantos anos.


Do you not speak spanish?


Oh now I understand why you make no sense.

What do you understand?

Why you didnt make sense earlier...

Yes I did.

Sorry but you definetly didnt

Sorry, but I am right.

Okay whatever.

Whatever yourself, minion!

Your rude!

Wengardium Leviosa!

I don't like harry potter!

Why don't you like Harry Potter? Do you find Daniel Radcliffe disgusting, too?

Not disgusting. Just annoying.

I'm sorry but I have a question.


I don't understand you.

Whatever y.

You don't like me.

Thats true! Bye.

Give me a sign.
       Alan Turing thought up the Turning Test that would suggest a test that would measure machines ability in intelligence. This could be measured by doing humans vs. machine conversation test. If the judge of their answers couldn’t tell the difference the machine would have passed the test. The question and answer would only be text based to be fair for the machine. A judge could tell the machine from the human because humans are more prone to delay in answers and misspellings etc. The machine would need to create all human behavior not just intelligence. I think if it was a simple Turning Test than the Jabber wacky might be able to pass but I guess I sort of pushed its intelligence by starting off in Spanish but it honestly didn’t make sense at some points like when I asked it if it spoke Spanish and it obviously didn’t know Spanish very well because it made no sense. It was pretty rude which most humans wouldn’t be rude off the bat since we are taught to be kind to strangers. It did misspell the Spanish which sort of is characteristically human and it did mention popular media; Harry Potter which would help it pass a Turning Test.  The worst of its attempt to act human was its final question to me once I had already said bye.
      I believe we have a great deal of time left before artificial intelligence can reach the full capabilities of humans. Just because all humans are unique and can hundred of stored memories and ideas and understanding of how things work and appear. However I do think in the future it can be possible just by the idea of a computers being able to compute ideas faster  than intelligent humans already. I don’t know if an ultimate artificial intelligence will ever be created because I believe that we still haven’t found that “x” thing that created us and made us superior to other inhabitants mentally on this planet and once we do we may understand how to duplicate it or something along those lines but that is very difficult to say. I think the idea of strong AI is actually freighting and isnt something I look forward to not because I think they would take over and try to control us but that their human creator might. I don’t think a perfect AI would want to be evil but more towards trying to create a utopia but the human that creates them might use them for human control and bad intentions. If a machine in the future was created that could think, feel, and create I suppose it could never be put on the same pedestal as humans because it was artificially made and not authentic but just like we shouldn’t be prejudice towards different races and implying it could feel I honestly believe we shouldn’t treat it any less that another human although that would be virtually impossible since humans will always believe they were better than something that was made out of metal. I do think they we should pre program them possibly to be designed to answer to their creator and understand that humans were here first. Therefore since we created them they should answer to us like a child to a mother. The advances we could make with artificial intelligence would be incredible and we could learn and uncover things we just don’t have the man power to do today.