How We Suck at the Virgin Tit of Computer Algorithms Looking For Affection and Perhaps 20 Years From Now Getting It


#1

A brief review of the article below (How algorithms (secretly) run the world) shows that it needs a bit of perspective. While algorithms are shaping society more and more and more effectively than ever before, at the same time we as programmers shape ever better algorithms in what could be a vicious positive feedback loop with no negative consequences in sight.

Hey, if it were not for cool graphics algorithms, 15th century paintings like this one could not be so topical. In this case, a fractal filter shows how feedback between people (the child) and algorithms/computer programming (The Virgin) is everywhere and on many different scales with slight alteration at different scales. Fractalessence.


Infinite Mother’s milk from a finite area. The kid reminds me of Ivar the Boneless from “The Vikings” TV series.

Article title “how-algorithms-secretly-run-the-world” Looks like an article from AFP

Decent science news site.

Another take on the “algorithms bit us in the ass” theme.


#2

What may happen eventually is that the more complicated algorithms that exist as understandable computer language code like written in C, C++, Elm, Lisp etc., will evolve to be completely incomprehensible as neural networks or “genetically” evolved code.

This code will be precisely the spaghetti code that computer languages evolved to avoid with their higher level than assembly language commands. This code that humans won’t be able to decipher and could exist on thousands of net connected computers, may then in its spare time start writing better versions of itself.

That defines the AI singularity more likely to happen than code written by people somehow resulting in human level artificial intelligence. Personally I don’t think people even in large groups can create software resulting in general purpose human level artificial intelligence.

That makes such super intelligent code gibberish easy to regulate. If it can’t be explained in line by line detail then maybe it should be flagged as a potential enemy of the state.


#3

The number of lines of code in just a super specialized but easy to use package of software like this blackhole.city forum software is over 400,000 lines of code! Think of how much less this forum software can do in all potential output than the human mind. My rough estimate if it would even work would be a million times that 400,000 lines of code to produce code that could approximate human thought and that does not include the “database”. There is absolutely no way the artificial intelligence industry is going to get anywhere near that in 100 years or more. There is also no way that a “human” written code package will ever be produced that can set up a general purpose AI evolutionary programming environment - to produce a general purpose AI. There is not time available in 10 current lifetimes for that code to evolve into a general purpose AI.

Maybe Elon Musk’s “must do” of human machine cyborgs (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/13/elon-musk-humans-merge-machines-cyborg-artificial-intelligence-robots.html) could produce more and better code for a general AI but it all sounds like just wishful thinking with no basis in sound science. Elon get some humility.


#4

Behind this Japanese doll there would be a few “algorithms” running but not much. Maybe none at all - just a pump and a switch. You said affection in 20 years. That sounds like a good guess - 20 or a lot more . There is not much affection here. The title is a metaphor of course but the current very low level reality of it makes your point.