Thursday, 2 March 2017
AI In Fiction
Poul Anderson's fiction includes several AIs, some incorporating human memories. Does any blog reader remember exactly what happens in Anderson's The Avatar? A human brain links to the computer of an interstellar spaceship. However, is this computer also an AI or is consciousness provided only by the linked brain?
I think that some theoreticians have supposed that computers generate a realm called "cyberspace" and that a human consciousness would be able to move around within this "space," seeing, e.g., colors and structures corresponding to bodies of computer data? (See Neuromancer.) However, I also think that all that is inside computers is the physical workings of the computers.
These reflections are prompted by John Constantine's friend (see image) who matches his alpha waves with a computer, then projects the electonic impulses of his consciousness across the logic gap into the computer where he accesses information.