Internet to Become Self-Aware Within the Decade?
Does the name Francis Heylighen ring a bell? Didn't think so. But the research professor at the Free University of Brussels has some interesting things to say about artificial intelligence and consciousness in regards to the Internet. Speaking with New Scientist, Heylighen says that "adding consciousness is more a matter of fine-tuning and increasing control... than [it is] a jump to a wholly different level," suggesting that consciousness is simply the brain's ability to prioritize mental resources on the fly. And if you think about it, he makes a good point.
Each and every day that we're online, we have some sort of general interaction with an artificial mind, however basic it may be. Even Googling a term brings up thousands of possible links related to a search query, all without direct human interaction (though the search algorithm is, of course, human-generated). Heylighen points to the challenge, though, of making the Internet truly self-aware and able to address its own needs and deficiencies -- learning, so to speak, autonomously. Heylighen notes that, if the effort to bring the Net to life progresses as has the development of social networks, we could see a baby Skynet within 10 years. [From: New Scientist]