Manmade equals natural just as surely as a bird’s nest is a natural product.
So, the term “manmade”, may denote a certain class of artifacts that were fashioned by human beings, but those artifacts are as natural as can be.
The term “artificial intelligence”, is a misnomer in that intelligence is a concept that transcends the medium that is being used to express “intelligent principles”. “Artificial” describes a class of intelligence machines built by human beings that store intelligent principles for later application. However, creations of human beings are all natural, which includes our worldwide computer networks. The internet is as natural as a bird’s nest.
I’m in the process of moving all of my writing from scattered word processor and text files into “Power Structure”, a program usually for novel and screenwriters. So far, so good.
Been playing around with this site, learning the ropes. Looks like it will work just fine. Got some work to do before i go public.
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For me this all started when John Lilly introduced the concept of a bio-computer in, “Center of the Cyclone”, in the early ’70s. He talked about “meta programming our biocomputer”. In those days the concept of the computer was still vague at best and few of us had any notion of what the computer would become. Still it was easy to grasp the concept that our behavior could be “programmed” by outside events or our own conscious decisions.
In the last ten years i’ve had a hands on education in the inner workings of computers, programming and the code driven systems that make up the internet. It has become obvious to me that John Lilly was right! There are many noteworthy similarities between computer networks and our own nervous system. First of which is that they are both code driven systems.
A note of thanks to the many folks on the ‘net for following the geeky habit of comparing everything in the world to one computer function or another. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people name virtual functions after their nearest conceptual counterpart, but besides stimulating the imagination, the practice has given us a model that can help us understand the real thing.
Speculation about the future of computers has surly given us some great sci-fi, from HAL in the Space Odessy thru the Matrix movies. These days we are quite comfortable with concepts that would have been impossible to imagine just a few years ago. Maybe you’ve read some of the articles around the web that compare the Universe to a giant computer or life to a simulation. Of course, there is Michael Talbot’s book, The Holographic Universe, wherein he outlines that concept. There is good reason for the proliferation of this kind of thinking; it’s a good fit.
LifeOS started as just a title for a collection of articles and notes that compared different parts of computer systems to our own nervous systems. It took a few years for it to evolve into its present form… a mock holographic operating system used as a model for reality.
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It is obvious that there are some similarities between computers and the function of our nervous system. After all, the computer was designed as an extension of our own capabilities and could be expected to follow some of the same patterns. Many of the concepts and much of the terminology that has developed in the computer industry have counterparts in our own functional intelligence. For example, we have a short term memory that we access instantly and a long term memory that takes at least a “Hmmm” or a head scratch before it finds the info. That’s like your computer’s RAM memory, storing the short term stuff and the hard drive which stores for the long term.
Not only have computers helped us do things, but they have educated us as well. They have given us a model for understanding how life works. It is in the code.