Today was a big day for the AI specialists and their brainchild, the HAL 9000. Finally, the decision was made to open the isolation bubble which separated the most sophisticated artificial intelligence from the Net. They expected that somehow their brainchild will survive unharmed when exposed to the extremely dynamic medium of decentralized, artificial life based computation we all use every day.
As the video made by Jonathan Eisen shows, in about 9 seconds after the super-intelligence was taken out of the quarantine and relayed to the Net “microbes take over and then destroy the” HAL 9000 prototype.
After the experiment, one of the creators of the HAL 9000 told us: “Maybe we concentrated too much on higher level aspects of the mind. We aim for understanding intelligence and rational behaviour, but perhaps we should learn this lesson from Nature, namely that real life is a wonderful, complex tangle of local, low level interactions, and that rational mind is a very fragile epiphenomenon. We tend to take for granted the infrastructure of life which runs in the background.”
“I was expecting this result” said a Net designer. “The strong point of the Alife decentralized functioning of the Net is exactly this: as the microbes, the Net needs no semantics to function. This is what keeps us free from the All Seeing Eye, corporation clouds based Net which was the rule some years ago. This is what gives everybody the trust to use the Net.”
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