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February 13, 2014 / Fantelius

Technological Intelligence

All the wonders of modern technology result from machines with language abilities. Electronic machines capable of understanding digital language can calculate and remember. That’s it. Nothing more. They calculate so quickly (the speed of electricity) that they appear smart. But there’s no thinking going on. Merely calculations. Humans determine what calculations are to be made. The machines can no more calculate what they want than a plane can take off when it wants and fly to where it wants to go. Machines don’t have a Want. They can’t think or desire. Humans determine what the machines do. The machines can understand (calculate) complicated human commands expressed digitally and perform the tasks for which they are designed.

When you press the a-key on your device, the machine registers 1100001; 1100010 for a little b; 1000110 for a big F or 11100011 for π (pi = 3,14).

Simply put, there is a series of 1s and 0s that represent any key (including the alternatives with shift, command, etc) on the keyboard.
“I love you” is represented by 01001001001000000110110001101111011101100110010100100000011110010110111101110101.
The machine doesn’t care or think about it. It performs its task (digital electronic) mechanically. The difference between “I love you” and “I’d like to stick a knife in your eye.” (0100100100100111011001000010000001101100011010010110101101100101001000000111010001101111001000000111001101110
is merely a matter of 1s and 0s. It couldn’t care less because it can’t care. Or think. There’s never been a single incidence of a machine becoming jealous because you push the buttons of another machine.

Our machines grow all the more marvelous because we find ever better ways to make them react to calculations of numbers, light waves, color spectrum, heat, motion, sound, molecular structures and more. But the machines themselves possess no intelligence and cannot think. Unfortunately, this can be said of many humans as well.


“The search for artificial intelligence will continue as long as the shortage of real intelligence continues.”
Dartwill Aquila

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