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::Just how far are we from true artificial intelligence?::
It's something I really do think about quite often. I've always been fascinated by the idea of someday artificial life with intelligence that matches our own, walking by us side by side, or what it could possibly be like if we ever got to the point where the artificial beings in virtual simulated worlds were fully capable of thinking for themselves, just like in science fiction movies such as The Matrix, Nirvana or The Thirteenth Floor..
In many ways we're so close to that future already. Open world video games like GTA V for example show us just how close we really are. A beautifully recreated simulation of modern day Los Angeles fully populated by human beings living their own lives.
It's the closest we've come to that dream so far but at the same time we're still so far off.
The AI in the NPCs that populate the world isn't so much sentient or intelligent as they are just merely semi-intelligent puppets, carrying out tasks they're assigned to do in certain parts of the city and then reacting to the player's presence in whatever sequence is triggered.
This character is programmed to sell hot dogs, these two characters may or may not possibly interact and engage in conversation with one another, this character is set to walk his dog, this character exists in this strip club solely to give the player lap dances.
If the player was to fire a weapon or throw a hand grenade near them, their AI will instruct them to flee and panic to a safe distance.
If the player was to murder an NPC, that NPC will be told to merely 'play dead' until the player leaves the screen and the game no longer has a need for that NPC to lay dead on the pavement.
Any area not within the player's field of view de-renders itself and turns to code and NPCS that would otherwise populate that area will exist merely as code and numbers until the player is close enough to that area for it to need to be rendered again, thus bringing that area to life and giving life again to the NPCS that would be assigned to generate in that said area.
It's really more of an automated puppet show than it is real artificial intelligence.
NPCS are merely more akin to puppets on strings than they are extras in a movie. They don't so much as think for themselves but merely exist solely because they are instructed to. Act like a human being, play dead, disappear when no longer needed.
Of course games like Grand Theft Auto exist to sell entertainment, Rockstar aren't in the industry to further scientific research.
But on the other end of the spectrum you have other forms of AI that can think for themselves and learn in an extremely limited quantity.
Take for example Microsoft's new digital assistant, Cortana. She can act as your personal assistant and learn more about you based on your interests and your search preferences.
At it's heart it's really just a bonafide internet search engine that can talk back to you and set you daily reminders but the way internet search engines such as Google work is in and of itself an example of a really basic AI that is capable of learning.
The more you interact with it, the more it learns about you and what your preferences and interests are.
In an extremely basic way the human mind works the same exact fashion.
You meet someone, you get to know their interests and you tailor yourself to focus more on them whenever you socialise with that person in order to hold their interest in you as a person and gain a meaningful friendship.
Online search engines are built to function the same way.
The more you shop on Amazon, the more Amazon learns about your interests and tailors itself to show you more of what you're interested in as opposed to merely showing you random products from their catalogue in hopes of something from that selection interesting you. YouTube, Facebook and many other places adapt this policy and function the exact same way.
One argument that's always brought up amongst scientists debating the topic of building a sentient AI is that if you build a machine or artificial being that can think for itself, what's to say it won't be able to surpass our own intelligence, keep getting smarter and then consider our species a threat or even just an inconvenience to be eradicated in order to protect its own existence or preserve the world around it?
My personal theory on this is that if it's possible to build an artificial brain that can think like a human being then it's possible to create a brain that deliberately has the same limitations we do as well.
We may be the most intelligent creatures on this Earth but we're far from flawless. We don't have laser sharp concentration, we don't adapt on a dime to changes in our environment, we're emotional, irrational, we aren't capable of learning new skills instantaneously and our own intelligence is limited by our own short lifespan.
If you could create an artificial mind that simulated the human brain without trying to perfect its flaws then you very well may find the answer to creating life without putting our own at risk.
I personally hope we really can get to this kind of future someday. Watching the movie Ex_Machina really does make you wonder how close we are. I mean as expensive the technology may be, it's not impossible to create artificial life-like human beings.
Japan has been working on this for some time with their own work in progress android called 'Actroid'. The only problem is that the AI is barely capable of thinking for itself and is little more than a billion dollar puppet show with a thousand cables sticking out of its back and about 11 scientists needing to maintain it at all times.
Korea has a similar model to the android but it isn't any more advanced than the Actroid is and again, merely exists at this stage for our own amusement rather than to prove to the world we can build human beings who can go out into the world and buy groceries, work a full time job, rent their own apartment or buy themselves a car. Not because we want them to or because we find their existence amusing but because they themselves want to. They have their own interests, they have a favorite colour and TV show. They have their own style of clothing and find certain fashion trends more appealing than others. They enjoy the smell of scented candles or like to collect memorabilia from their favorite movies. They dislike aspects of their day to day job, they have co-workers they hate and others they like. They have a sexual preference, they have porn on their browsing history. They have a girlfriend or boyfriend, be it android or human. They have their own life and their own brain.
They don't enjoy certain things or behave in a certain particular way because we TOLD them to.
They understood what options were available to them. They made a conscious decision that they like this movie over that one, that they like this fashion trend over that one. That they'd rather purchase this red Nissan sports car over the more practical grey Ford Focus.
Yes, the Ford Focus is more practical, you could probably fit more shopping in the trunk of the car and have more passengers in the back seat if you were taking friends out to the beach but gosh darn it, the Nissan sports car just looks more stylist and trendy, and red sports cars look badass.
And again going back to fashion. Maybe this artificial being doesn't find trainer socks and khaki shorts particularly appealing? Maybe they prefer the fashion styles of K-pop artists such as G-Dragon or Henry Lau and would much rather wear knee high tube socks, hi-top trainers, baggy shorts and a sweater?
There'd be no practical or logical reason for doing so. Wearing gold jewelry can serve no practical purpose and wearing your cap backwards doesn't protect human eyes from the sun's rays.
And if an android is incapable of suffering from cold temperatures then there would be no need for clothing whatsoever.
Animals don't wear clothing because they have no physical need to. We as humans need clothing to protect ourselves but we choose what clothing we prefer to wear.
I digress on the subject but it truly does feel like we as a human society are in a diamond mine, digging with our hands because we forgot to bring any tools.
Ex_Machina does bring up an interesting point in the movie, however. The main character Ava was an intelligent Android, whose intelligence and understanding of our culture, our facial expressions and our way of communicating comes mostly from data gathered from internet search engines and then compiled into a way she as an AI could understand it.
Maybe the solution everyone is looking for is right in front of our very eyes?
Is our entire human history not already available on the Internet? Can you not learn everything about our culture through YouTube? Could an Autistic teenager not learn how to become more social by asking questions through a search engine he or she would not dare to ask in real life?
Such as how to read facial expressions? How to detect sarcasm? How to detect a lie? Why a white lie is necessary at times? Why asking multiple personal questions to a person can frustrate or offend them?
How an artificial being could learn about the world and our culture could very well follow similar patterns and struggles with comprehension as a child born with Autism or Asperger's Syndrome.
Having a very clear but basic understanding of how the world should work but failing to understand why asking someone a simple direct question deeply offended them, why it's inappropriate to behave a certain way in front of an authoritative figure or in a place where you're expected to be respectful or formal such as a church or a school or even an extreme example, why it would be considered odd to browse through store windows at 1 o'clock in the morning or smell the roses in someone else's garden.
There's no law set in stone that needs to be obeyed that states you cannot do these things but we as a society choose not to do them for the sake of normality and would find someone extremely odd for doing so and not being consciously aware of these unspoken rules of our culture.
An artificial mind that can understand the human condition, through and through and not just have a basic understanding of how our culture works or how a particular human being, a 'John Doe' or 'Mary Sue' would think and feel would be a true breakthrough indeed.
And again on the other end of the spectrum, going back to virtual simulated worlds.
If you were to take GTA V on the PC, have it compatible with Oculus Rift's virtual reality headset and somehow made the game compatible with Microsoft Kinect's motion tracking camera, there and of itself you'd have your first real glimpse into the future of virtual reality.
You could explore an actual simulated Los Angeles with your own eyes and your own body movements in the comfort of your very home.
Perhaps you may need a large treadmill or some kind of platform to keep you suspended in mid air so the Kinect can track your leg movements without you walking into furniture but apart from that, if it can be programmed into the game, you'd have your answer.
The tools and technology for these things is right here in the now, it's right in front of us and has been for years.
The real question is when will it finally be put into practice?