Andrew (perspectivism) wrote,

Insane in the membrane, insane in the brain!: "McKinstry thinks that a few hundred million mindpixels will represent a computerized 'compression' of the human mind. And then, just as an MP3 player plays back the compressed file by approximating the data that's missing, GAC [his wannabe human-level machine intelligence, cheerily pronounced 'Jack'...] will approximate human thought by 'filling in' the mindpixels it needs when you ask it to think." "Basically, a mindpixel is a true-false statement that will be answered the same way by all human beings." So, mindpixels basically do not exist. . . . At least Wired quotes a sensible expert view: "I think he may find there aren't enough atoms in the universe to store the yes-no questions that might be required even by a fourth-grader to do a homework problem."

Best quote, because it exemplifies how market/"common law"/"society of mind"-oriented language is now so well-accepted (and correctly so!) that we naturally appeal to it as justification whenever arguable: "my system, because it uses the huge population of the Web as its knowledge pool, is a decentralized, 'bottom up' system, and is consequently more efficient."

Oh, and he'll trade away stock in his mindpixel-based company for your contributions of mindpixels: "It's like inventing teleportation," McKinstry said, adding, "How could you put a value on that?" Don't all click at once ;).
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