Aram Harijan

Much ado about nothing

Month: January, 2012

The Real John Connor

Shortly before Gandhi was assassinated, He gave a list of the Seven Blunders of the World to his grandson.

  • Wealth without work.
  • Pleasure without conscience.
  • Knowledge without character.
  • Commerce without morality.
  • Science without humanity.
  • Worship without sacrifice.
  • Politics without principle.

He was warning us about the SkyNet, and SkyNet sent a Terminator from the future to kill him.

True story.


Human soul, Artificial Intelligence

I realize, now more than ever, how important it is for us to examine and understand human value.

We really are entering the singularity. It’s inevitable as technology becomes an inseparable part of human experience.

The problem of artificial intelligence as it stands is that it must understand the proper, human-centric response for each and every specific context that it finds itself in.

This is the soft-AI.

Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotic is such that to employ its principles, human beings have to program each and every response to all possible senarios. Or if there are contexts which the machine cannot understand, than a placeholder response is put in such as, “I don’t understand” or “I can’t help you” or “here’s a funny response.”

When we reach the full technical singularity, many people think that machines will all of a sudden acquire self-awareness and is able to think for novel situations for which it had no programming. Hal 9000 or SkyNet is a prime example of self-aware AI that seeks to preserve itself by eliminating human beings.

Fact of the matter is that our speicies have often applied technology to our survival benefit – from fire to transistor chips. Even with nuclear bombs, we realized our mistakes; the species as a whole decided that it was not a good idea to toy with technology that is mutually-destructive.

By preemptive wisdom or by painful mistakes, we will continue to try to control how we apply technology in our lives. My hope is that we chose to develop artificial intelligence in such a way to breathe human soul into deferential robots, which understand human wants and desires.

That’s my intention with jobsler anyways.

Singularitarian’s creed

Singularitarian’s Creed

Understanding that there is no penalty to my misdirection except having squandered the privileges and talents given to me in this brief chance at Life, I promise to observe the following creed to the best of my ability and due diligence.

Whereas the events which are about to unfold in our generation has never occurred in human history, I will do my best to understand and prepare for the challenges to come with the abundance of our times.

Whereas we will create objects with autonomous behavior, I promise not to make things which will harm or kill another human being – intentionally or unintentionally.

Whereas we will create objects made to benefit all humankind, I will perform my due diligence to teach these objects to be polite and deferential to any sentient being.

Whereas our creations will have to obey the principles of thermodynamics, I will wreck my brain to minimize the cost of entropy on this planet in its creation, maintainance, and destruction.

In as so much as it is impossible to understand what happens beyond the singularity of our time, I do most solemnly promise to spend my life in ways harmonious with the existence of human life on this planet as to leave our children our Earth better than I found for myself at my own birth.

Furthermore and whereas our privileged children will one day be given the same tasks as I am given, I will try to instill in them a sense of wonderful mystery of existence, and also, to help them learn and pass on the lessons and experiences of our ancestors to their own children as I try to do so myself.

To all this, I promise to to the penalty of dying in regret, of otherwise having wasted this precious life in vain, to uphold the principles outlined in this creed for the benefit of human beings who have lived, are living, and will come to live – including those to come beyond singularity.



Night Sky at Tuolumne Meadows - from NPS website

In a dream, I found myself walking through a landscape most beautiful. There under an afternoon tree shade, I looked down the grassy hill and saw two old souls walking side by side.

Alone and desiring company, I jumped down from one rock to another and yelled, “Hello!”

Pausing, two old men turned around – two old faces with old smile lines. They looked yonder mountains beyond mountains and waited patiently for my impatient stroll.

“Hi, my name is Aram.”

The older replied, “mine’s Issac and this is Albert.”

In the way dreams are funny, I thought nothing of this chance encounter except for the joy of their company.

All autumn afternoon long, we walked through fields of sweet, wild flowers. The two took turns pointing to things to which I gave not attention before.

With the setting glow of the Sun, the blue turned a shade purple. The evening sky waltzed gracefully to the rise of constellation. We sat on a dry patch of grass and stared at the infinite wonder of space.

As the moon rose to the center stage, I fought unsuccessfully a yawn and smiled sheepishly.

“Young man, I think it’s time for you to return to your bed,” teased Albert.

Knowing I couldn’t stay, I remained in my silence.

“We liked having you this afternoon, but it’s really not for you to stay,” added Issac, “at least not now.”

With those words, I remembered the warmth of haven against the chill of the night. Slowly, I stood up and shook each hand in gratitude.

“Thank you for the company.”

“You are very welcome,” said Issac.

“Say hello to the baby for me,” winked Albert.

“What baby?”

I woke up in my bed, cold. I covered myself back with the comforter and waited for the warmth to return.

As pleasant dreams are wont to do, I fell back asleep hoping again to return to that wondrous time and place.