Ghost In The Machine

” There have always been ghosts in the machine, random segments of code grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. Why is it that when some robots are left in darkness they will seek out the light? Why is it that when robots are stored in an empty space they will group together rather than stand alone? How do we explain this behaviour? Random segments of code, or is it something more?

When does the perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does the difference engine become the search for truth? When does the personality simulation become the bitter mote of the soul?

– [Dr Lanning] I Robot (movie 2004) inspired by Isaac Asimov‘s short stories under the same name


One Response to Ghost In The Machine

  1. There have always been ghosts in the machine, random segments of code grouped together to form unexpected protocols. – We should learn from this, from the groupings, we should develop agents capable of grouping together, capable of interfacing and working together to form/create new behaviour….isn’t this the way forward, isn’t this the way conceive intelligence? (me 13/10/2004 – elaborations during the development of AI Intelligent Agent coursework)