World Changing Developments

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Arthur T. Murray

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Feb 25, 1997, 3:00:00 AM2/25/97
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As the clock ticks ever closer to the future, we must betimes add
a new item to our list of "World Changing Developments" monitored
for their potential effect on the society envisioned by Mentifex.

New item 23.FEB.1997: The multiple cloning of human individuals.
Old item: The unpoliceability of radically new technology in the
hands of individuals: unbreakable codes; behavior mod-
ification; communication across all borders; info war.
Old item: English is becoming the world language (see aviation).
Old item: The death of forests ("Waldsterben"); desertification.
Old item: Interference in the ozone layer of the sheltering sky.
Old item: Political struggle for the once commonly owned oceans.
Old item: De-facto post-Cold-War trend towards world government.
Old item: Libraries worldwide coalescing into Summa Bibliotheca.
Old item: Erosion and eventual annihilation of personal privacy.
Old item: Emergence of unstoppable viruses similar to Ebola etc.
Our item: The creation of artificial intelligence (AI) based on:

/^^^^^^^^^^^\ A Design for Machine Intelligence /^^^^^^^^^^^\
/visual memory\ concept ________ / auditory \
| /--------|-------\ memory / syntax \ | speech memory |
| | recog-|nition | \________/<--|-------------\ |
| ___|___ | | flush-vector| spiral| _______ | |
| /image \ | __|___ ___V___ loop| /stored \ | |
| / percept \ | /deep \<-----/lexical\<---|--/ phonemes\| |
| \ engrams /<--|-->/concepts\--->/concepts \---|->\ of words/ |
| \_______/ | \________/ \_________/ | \_______/ |

http://www.newciv.org/Mentifex/ run periodic Mentifex Web search.

Searcher

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Apr 13, 1997, 3:00:00 AM4/13/97
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Mentifex. Interesting but primitive.

Its amazing how smart many people think they are.

+---------------------------------------+
| We shall not cease from exploration |
| And at the end of all our exploring |
| Will be to arrive where we started |
| And know the place for the first time |
| |
| T.S. Elliot, 1942 |
+---------------------------------------+


Arthur T. Murray

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Apr 14, 1997, 3:00:00 AM4/14/97
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There are some who can not bear to see a future they do not grok:

Hearing Vision Concepts Volition Emotion Motor Output
/iiiiiii\ /!i!i!i!\ /YYYYYYYYYYYY\
| ||||||| || ||||||| | + Mentifex | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || | ___ | | + Memes of | |||||||||||| |
| ||||||| || / \ | + Mind and | |S|||||||||| |
| ||||||| || <image>-|-->+_ Robotics | |H|||||||||| |
| ||||||| || \___/ | / \ | |A|||||||||| |
| ||||||| || | <idea> __ | |K|||||||||| |
| | ||||| || | \__/-------------->/ \ | |E|||R|||||| |
| |d<-----||---------|---+ ____ <fear>-|->*|||U|||||| |
| ||||o|| || | +------>/ \<---\__/ | |||||N|||P|| |
| ||g|||| || | + / de- \---------|----->*|||E|| |
| || |||| || | + < ci- > | |||||||||T|| |
| ||||||| || | + \ sion /---------|--------->*|| |
| ||||||| || | + \____/ | |||||||||||| |
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Searcher

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Apr 30, 1997, 3:00:00 AM4/30/97
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> There are some who can not bear to see a future they do not grok

I'm still laughing at this two weeks later.

On top of not being as smart as you think you are, you are arrogant.

Send another post, I'm always looking for a good laugh.


Arthur T. Murray

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Apr 30, 1997, 3:00:00 AM4/30/97
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In comp.ai.philosophy, Christopher McKinstry blew the man down:
[Subject: MIST in Claremont June 13-16]

> As many of you know, The First International Conference of the
> Association for the Study of Consciousness will take place in Claremont,
> California June 13-16, 1997. see : http://www.phil.vt.edu/assc/
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Getting URL /ASSC /E-Seminars /Audience Commentary:

> This is a space provided for the public to comment upon the e-seminar
> THALAMACORTICAL FOUNDATIONS OF CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE. Please keep your
> comments as brief as possible.

> Please enter your first and last name: Arthur T. Murray

Arthur T. Murray:...4/30/97 4:23 AM
Thirty years ago consciousness troubled me immensely, but then over a
twelve-year stretch I developed a linguistic theory of mind (Web
search on "Mentifex") which pushes consciousness into a structural
harness. Along a moving front (of consciousness), the automatic
deposition of new memories intermingled with reactivated (=
reduplicated) old memories provides the present-time dimension of
consciousness, while the implicit mechanism of attention provides the
pinpoint focus of consciousness. You have no choice but to attend to
things (even in/as dreams) along your slice of current memory
deposition-cum-association, and your utter freedom of attentional
movement fools you so well in the illusion of consciousness that the
illusion becomes the reality of consciousness.

Hearing Vision Concepts Volition Emotion Motor Output
/iiiiiii\ /!i!i!i!\ /YYYYYYYYYYYY\

| ||||||| || ||||||| | T Mentifex | |||||||||||| |

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