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Conscious Internet

Dec 18, 2014




One of IEI's main themes is that it is single-handedly building the required artificial intelligence technology to emulate and perhaps exceed the capabilities of the human brain. Thus all of the key cortical functions recognized by brain scientists, perception, learning, and internal imagery (a.k.a., imagination) have been developed at the IEI laboratory purely using artificial neural networks to emulate the biological neural networks of the human brain. Although the World Brain is not yet a reality, it is a long range goal of IEI to create a free-thinking entity, distributed across the Internet, that introspects upon human-originated content and then creates its own seminal thought and discoveries. For those of you who have read and understood IEI's web pages, you will likely realize that there is no other form of artificial intelligence capable of self-learning and creativity that can compare with IEI's patented technologies. Therefore, it is our ambition to perfect the network (i.e., WAN) mechanics for distributing its neural systems across the largest computational platform currently available, the Internet, and allowing them to knit themselves into a coherent brain using IEI's Supernet principles. If you are an investor, government, or corporation interested in supporting this effort, please contact Dr. Stephen Thaler at Imagination Engines, Incorporated.


  • 1. TCP/IP/IQWhy Cant the Internet Become a True World Brain? Special Session SS-3 4:20-5:50 P.M. October 19, 2001 Stephen Thaler, Ph.D., CEO & President, Imagination Engines, Inc. Expanded Speakers Notes________________________________ Registered Trademarks: Imagination Engines Creativity Machine DataBots
  • 2. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. ThalerDEFINITIONS:Artificial Neural Network a collection of switches,real or simulated, that effectively wire themselvestogether so as to autonomously write a parallelcomputer program.TCP/IP Transmission-Control Protocol/InternetProtocol, a suite of computer networking formats andprocedures that enables dissimilar machines tocommunicate with one another.IQ that quality of mind purported by psychologists tomeasure intelligence.01/07/02 2
  • 3. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. ThalerSLIDE1: INTRODUCTIONLet me ask you a very important question: When I use theterm World Brain, what images come to mind?Do you immediately think of the Internet? After all, theInternet grows in size and complexity on a daily basis. Webless it, we curse it, yet can you, by any stretch ofimagination envision the Internet one day spontaneouslybecoming cunningly creative, or self-aware?I dont think so, and I say that from the perspective of an AIpractitioner and as a scientist. Unfortunately, there willalways be a Star Trek mythology in which computers areable to gather enough knowledge, materials, and resources,01/07/02 3
  • 4. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. Thaleruntil they magically become self-aware. Personally, I cantsee how such a scenario can occur, but Ill try to be tolerant.When I say World Brain, do you begin to think of thetraditional schools of artificial intelligence, expert systems,fuzzy logic, genetic algorithms, etc? If you do, then askyourself, when was the last time you saw a softwareapplication that demonstrated anywhere near human levelperception, learning, and creativity. I wager that you havent.So your image of the World Brain must involve somepreviously undiscovered AI technology!When I use the term World Brain, do you envision anapocalyptic catastrophe in which an evil machine intelligenceoverpowers the planet and destroys the whole of humanity? Iwould have to take issue with you at that point, since a closeexamination of what makes man combat man involvesresources: food, shelter, companionship, and ideologicalcomforts. I have no evidence that a machine intelligence willneed anything of value to humans. However, what I canimagine is an even more frightening scenario in whichmachines grant us exactly what we crave!In the next hour, I intend to share with you my vision of aWorld Brain, one that is capable of unlimited wisdom,creativity, and a self-awareness. The World Brain that Ispeak of is based upon a radically new form of artificialintelligence that I have developed in a piecemeal fashionover the last 26 years.01/07/02 4
  • 5. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. ThalerSLIDE 2: IEI PATENTS = HUMAN COGNITIONThe technology Im speaking of takes the form of over adozen very fundamental international patents in the field ofartificial neural networks. As you may already know, thehuman brain is composed of neural networks, and theartificial variety that we implement on digital computers,capture the essence of how these biological networksfunction.Allow me to expand briefly on what the wet neural networksof the human brain do. Within the field of cognitiveneuroscience, three primary functions of the brain areacknowledged:01/07/02 5
  • 6. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. Thaler(1) Perception This is the cortical process wherein thingsand activities in the environment are associated internallywith other previously stored memories. Therefore, aphotograph of some friend or relative, for instance, canstimulate related thoughts about their voice or some joketheyve recently related to you.(2) Learning - This cortical process enables the formation ofmemories, of both things and activities experienced withinthe external environment, or of ideas internally generatedwithin the brain.(3) Internal Imagery - Perhaps most profound aspect ofhuman cognition is the internal genesis of new ideas andplans of action. Known generally as internal imagery, thisprocess corresponds to recollecting a friends face withoutthe aid of a photograph, deciding where to run next whenconfronted with danger, or, in a more relaxed moment,writing a letter to a friend.It is this latter function of internal imagery, totally unexploredterritory in the field of artificial neural networks, that the IEIneural network technology excels at. Quite amazingly, wemay utilize such creative neural systems to in turn refineother more trafficked areas within the field of artificial neuralnetworks, whereby processes of artificial perception andlearning are vastly improved.At this point, we have all the tools necessary to build asynthetic brain that is capable of all aspects of humancognition. (and it is my claim that all of these fundamentalbrain activities span the entire gamut of human corticalfunction) To make my case clear, lets examine what exactlybrain does and then contrast that function with what thepatented IEI technology achieves.01/07/02 6
  • 7. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. ThalerSLIDE 3: WHAT IS THE BRAIN?Here is the human brain, just a few pounds of protoplasmand roughly 100 billion individual cells called neurons.Removal of other pieces of anatomy or organs, does notresult in cognitive impairment, however removal or eveninjury of the brain can have a profound effect uponsentience. For this reason, neuroscientists are in absoluteagreement that this is the organ within which all aspects ofthought occur. (i.e., There is no scientific evidence ofsomething immaterial or even supernatural taking over onceorganic damage has been done.) All that we are is somehowembedded in this protoplasmic mass. Thats why NobelLaureate Francis Crick was compelled to write the bookAmazing Hypothesis wherein he claims that all we are, all01/07/02 7
  • 8. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. Thalerwe think, all that we feel is the cumulative activity of a packof neurons. However, Crick does not convincingly cover thegamut of things that this pack of brain cells can achieve. Infact, he generally describes the mechanics of brain in termsof learning and perception, but not in the least with regard toimagination and creativity. However, I am generally inagreement with him, that we need not look beyond what wesee when we pop open a skull and look inside, to explainhuman cognition.If Crick offers the amazing hypothesis, then let me volunteerthe shocking conjecture that the brain is nothing more thana protoplasm-based model of our external world andourselves. After all, to survive and flourish, we need toanticipate the world around us, as well as our reaction to it.To do that, we require an interactive model that cananticipate danger, as well as opportunity. Everything elseone may think of as a valid function of brain is peripheral tothis primary role of world modeling.Later, we continue with this shocking conjecture, to examinethe lowly mechanisms that produce our most profoundthought.01/07/02 8
  • 9. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc. ThalerSLIDE 4: THE UNIVERSE: MYRIAD INTERACTINGENTITIESWhat exactly is the universe? The broadest definition I canthink of is that of myriad interacting entities (and I meanentities in most general sense of the word). Such entitiesmay span the gamut of things that we call inorganic, fromsubatomic particles to planets, stars, and galaxies. The termentities may pertain to biological creatures such as plants,animals, and people. The word may likewise convey thenotion of institutions created by human beings.At this point, we dont care about the essential nature ofentities, or how we intend to categorize them. The universesimply consists of entities01/07/02 9
  • 10. 2001, Imagination Engines, Inc.