So Turing Got It Wrong?

I encounter many articles from sources between eager geeks, silicon valley billionaire pasychopaths and highly qualified academics on topics related to artificial intelligence, neural networks and deep learning. But as they witter on about algorithms, big data and ever more powerful computers they do not seem to grasp  there is more to human conscious intelligence which we are nowhere near to understanding but which must be understood if we are to to model human intuition.

The Turing Test, developed in the 1950s by computer pioneer Alan Turing was intended to discriminate between humans and machines by asking  certain questions of a machine or a human and observing answers which a human is expected to give and that would be impossible for a machine to answer. We can consider this emotional intelligence as an area the machine would not be able to understand.

The only machine yet claimed to have passed the test was presented to judges as a 12 year old Ukrainian boy who had not been learning English for very long. Nothing like cheating to get the result you want is there? Machine learning models can learn some probabilistic parameters to come up with an output representations but cannot understand the emotions or expression or feelings behind a statement.

There is more than just probability estimation in human intelligence. A more relevant question is how can we model consciousness? If we could model consciousness,we could then have an understanding whether an individual is experiencing an emotion and that it will reflect in the way it is giving out those answers.

So the ultimate question is “How do we model Consciousness?”

That’s is the great question all the people who post on A I, neural networks, deep learning and the rest should be able to answer, but cannot.

We have no idea how human consciousness evolved, what triggered that leap from the mammal mind (some would say the mammal brain, because the mind is the home of that mystery which makes us human.) Both evolutionists and religionists agree there is “something” about humankind that separates us from even the large brained animals, but nobody can explain what a human mind actually is.

Some years ago I had an extended stay in hospital after a catastrophic brain haemorrhage. It took out about 35% of my brain tissue and the initial prognosis was there would be little left of what made me who I am. Amazingly my memory, together with language and cognitive skills survived almost intact (I was paralyzed on one side but I was still me.) Nobody was offering explanations though I asked many times, wanting to understand what had happened to me, until some months later, while talking to an endocrinologist who was investigating the blood disorder that had led my blood pressure to spike, and he said, “We are only just beginning to understand that the brain and the mind are two very different things.”

What is the human mind? How does it relate to the brain? Dogs, Chimpanzees and Dolphins can be playful and can relate to members of other species, but they cannot handle abstract ideas. Why do we not see animals with minds? There are no physical characteristics of the human brain that suggest they provide thecreative and processing power that defines human thought and problem solving skills.

If we think of just a few of the qualities which make homo sapiens sapiens (literally ‘man who knows he knows’) unique among all living creatures we start to get an idea of the magnitude of task facing those who aspire to create human — like intelligence in a computer.

I have always said, “the only way we can hope to create true artificial intelligence is by radically redefining what we mean by intelligence.”

 

IoT gadget maker Nest Labs adding Google facial recognition to doorbell web enabled doorbell, Google will know who’s at home.

Internet of Things - your gadgets will spy on you
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Long before Google acquired Internet of Things company Nest, its co-founder Matt Rogers was saying he and his team had big dreams. They certainly did, knowing perhaps how the CIA had made Google and Facebook into giant global corporations because of the potential for spying on people through their computers, Nest seem to have convinced themselves that building fridges, washing machines, thermostats and doorbells that could spy on their owners might work the same trick for them.

“When Nest was founded seven years ago, we started with a thermostat,” Rogers told a room full of reporters in an event held at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. “But our mission has always been much greater. Our mission is to create a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.”

CUNT. Does he not realise plenty of us understand what he is really saying, i.e. Nest, with their partners want to build a world in which our homes, possessions and our environment all conspire with the ruling elites to control us.

So after making a smart thermostat, (well, one that grasses you up to big Brother if you turn your heating up higher than someone on your paygrade should,) smoke alarms that will tell your doctor is you were cooking unhealthy food, and security cameras that tell Google (and any of us that can hack a server, which is more people than you might think,) exactly who is at home at any given time, Nest revealed the next place it wants to make waves: the home alarm system.

“Can you think of a better industry for us to disrupt?” product marketing head Maximie Veron asked the crowd.

That disruption will be stepped up in November, when the latest spy product, a $500 home alarm system you can install yourself, is brought to market. Nest Secure is built to work with your smartphone (and if that doesn’t ring alarm bells nothing will,), and with all the other Nest products the company hopes you’ll buy to help your best friends, the government, control you. And some people, some university brainwashed people, will rush out and buy this crap thinking it is ‘cool’.

Nest Secure product manager Sophie Le Guen explained the focus was on making a confusing product into a friendly one. About as friendly as a hungry crocodile.

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Global Ransomware Attack Exposes Folly Of Putting All Your Eggs In One Basket

UK broadcast news and online news sites have been dominated for most of the day by the cyber attack that has affected government and business computer systems. Most disturbing consequence of the attack, which hijacks computer screens with a message that files have been encrypted and can only be unlocked on payment of a large fee (a type of malware known as Ransomware) is fact that hospitals across the United Kingdom had gone dark , locking staff out of patient records and appointment systems..

The situation has got significantly worse as The BBC reports the ransomware attack has gone global.

Screenshots showing a message put out by a popular screen hijacker app show a program that locks computers and demands a payment in Bitcoin have been posted online by organisations hit by the attack.

It is not yet clear whether the attacks are all connected. One cyber-security consultant tweeted that he had detected 36,000 instances of the ransomware, called WannaCry and variants of that name.

“This is huge,” he said.

There have been reports of infections in the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy, Vietnam, Taiwan and others.

The BBB details a number of Spanish firms including some of the biggest businesses in spain were among the apparent victims elsewhere in Europe.

Telecoms giant Telefonica said in a statement that it was aware of a “cybersecurity incident” but that clients and services had not been affected.

Power firm Iberdrola and utility provider Gas Natural were also reported to have suffered from the outbreak.

There were reports that staff at the firms were told to turn off their computers.

In Italy, one user shared images appearing to show a university computer lab with machines locked by the same program.

The Blue Screen Of Death

Bitcoin wallets seemingly associated with the ransomware were reported to have already started filling up with cash.

“This is a major cyber attack, impacting organisations across Europe at a scale I’ve never seen before,” said security architect Kevin Beaumont.

According to security firm Check Point, the version of the ransomware that appeared today is a new variant.

Several experts monitoring the situation have linked the attacks to vulnerabilities released by a group known as The Shadow Brokers, which recently claimed to have dumped hacking tools stolen from the NSA.

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An attack such as this has been inevitable due to the inherent vulnerabilities of the world wide web (conceived by an amateur, remember) and the near monopoly of the Windows operating system and Google search engine that has been encouraged by governments of the USA, the EU and most leading nations of the free world.

While it’s true that things are much more convenient if we all use the same computer systems, convenience is a double edged sword. What’s convenient for the lay user is even more convenient for cyber criminals who are rogue programmers and analysts.

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Terry Pratchett’s Hydraulic Computer Wasn’t A Joke After All

In Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novel Making Money which is a satirical story of the creation of a fractional reserve banking system on the Discworld, the Wizards of the Unseen University* help to develop a water driven computer to model the economy of the city state of Ankh Morpork and predict future trends.

MONIAC – the water computer, now a museum piece (source)

 The computer is no more successful that the modern, digital supercomputers used by banks and governments but the book is very funny, it’s central character has the irresistible name of Moist Von Lipwig and while providing plenty of laughs it makes some very sound points about the flaws in the global financial system.

Now since reading the book I have thought the hydraulic computer was a creation of Terry Pratchett’s abundant imagination. I was wrong it seems, there was once, not all that long ago, a hydraulic financial modelling computer named MONIAC – Monetary National Income Analogue Computer. And it was no less successful (i.e. they’re all totally hopeless) at predicting economic trends than the supercomputers used by banks, government agencies and universities that failed to predict the 2008 financial crisis. I’ve linked an article from Zero Hedge below.

Water clocks are a kind of computer of course and have been around from pre Roman times. The earliest documented by contemporary witness accounts was the one in Alexandria, Egypt, in the reign of Nero (1st Cetury AD). There are several examples of medieval water clocks still telling the time in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and The Czech Republic.

*you have to be sharp to pick up all Pratchett’s jokes, did you know for instance that Britain’s foremost scientific association, The Royal Society, was in former times nicknamed The Unseen College for the way it steered research.
from Zero Hedge

Presenting The 70 Year Old Hydraulic Computer Used By Central Planners To Visualize Economy

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The scientists have been wrong about robots with better-than-human intellgence before of course but this time they are sure they have it right (just as sure as they were all the other times when they got it hopelessly wrong).

Not long after the first modern computers evolved from bead boards via medieval water clocks in the 1940s, the science-is-God brigade started predicting that in just a few years / decades machines would be as smart as humans or more likely smarter than humans. Every year someone comes along and says the same but the prediction gets pushed back another year. The consensus now, according to a survey, is that it’s going to happen in … you guessed it, just a few more decades.

There may be more reason to believe the predictions today. After research that’s produced everything from self-driving cars (well not quite cars and not quite self driving) to Jeopardy!-winning supercomputers, scientists have a much better understanding of what they’re up against. And, perhaps, what we’re up against.

Nick Bostrom, director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, laid out the best predictions of the artificial intelligence (AI) research community in his new book, “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.” Here are the combined results of four surveys of AI researchers, including a poll of the most-cited scientists in the field, totalling 170 respondents who were asked:

So if Human-level machine intelligence is defined as “a machine that can carry out most human professions at least as well as a typical human,” then the only answer to the question ‘when will human level machine intelligence be available’ is “haven’t a clue, probably never”. Unless of course we were to redefine what we mean as intelligence, equating it to an ability to parse vast amounts of digital information amazingly quickly and match defined binary strings.

If however we were to ask “When will computers be as clever as scientists,” the answer is “In evolutionary terms, computers are already a couple of million years ahead. A computer would never commit the folly of trying to design an intelligent scientist.”

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Shellshock: Can anything stop the hackers? Yes, me and you can.

Shellshock bug could be bigger than Heartbleed (Picture Source)

As a former Digital Networks Consultant I was one of the first to warn of that the path our business and political leaders were taking us on led into a wilderness of swamps, mires and quicksands.

The early viruses and malware were not that serious and really were only the equivalent of ‘tombstoning’, jumping off cliffs or bridges without first checking the depth of the water was you would land in.

The early internet (or internetworking technologies) were very secure. For a start they did not have Windows PCs attached to them. We did not have 95% of the computers running the same operating system. And we did not hve companies set up by US Government agencies such as DARPA and the CIA for the purpose of persuading us to buy systems that would allow US Government agencies such as the NSA and CIA to monitor our every move.

I could go on at length (and will elsewhere) but for now I will ask a few simple questions.

“Does anybody really believe that it was sheer brilliance that won the contract from US Government bedmate IBM to supply an operating system for the IBM PC for a spotty little nerd with no qualifications, no experience and more than a few personal hygiene issues and his equally malodorous mates. Was it a sound business decision to choose the untried MS DOS against better and already proven products from established software houses established software houses that employed professionals? And was it good luck that these nerds, having failed to deliver the system required managed to find a bunch of idiots to sell them a clunky, amateurish operating system to offer instead? And do you think it is just a coincidence that the spotty kid behind this deeply flawed and not-fit-for-purpose operating system was the son of a CIA director.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

The latest shock horror existential threat to our world, thanks to our reliance on a single network and a single technology is the Shellshock bug which hackers may be able to exploit to grab your credit card details, empty your bank accounts or bring business and commerce to a standshtill.

This is not some recent development by a bunch of malignant dwarves who spend all their lives in basement apartments plotting to take over the world unless the United Nations gives them ONE TRILLION DOLLARS. Oh no, the flaw which the Shellshock but exploits is contained within a piece of software called Bash, which is used by the UNIX and Linux operating systems and internet servers around the the world and IT companies have been aware of it for over twenty years.

The problem really is that so much of our commercial activity has been pushed onto the internet, so much of our social interaction is now online that we are all vulnerable.

BTW I don’t mean to suggest that all information technology professionals are unwashed idiots, the vast majority I knew were perfectly reasonable people who washed their armpits, changed their underwear every day were good at their jobs and could see a system with single channel motherboard architecture was never going to be safe when connected to a public network. It was the generation of fuckwits who thought playing DOOM and reading PC Wanker magazine made them computer experts that are responsible for the mess we are in.

All we need do however is stop using the internet for business until such time as the corporate bosses recognise they have some responsibility for the security of users and stop using the net solely as a means to drive costs down and shed staff. None of the threats that are reported every few months would be very difficult to fix if we did not depend on a system that is like a house with no doors.

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Eugene Goostman – Turing Bot

Breitbart: Computer passes Turing text by fooling judges

ZD net: chatbot passes the turing test

Transcript: http://loebner.net/Prizef/2005_Contest/Eugene/Eugene_Judges_all.htm

A computer program that pretends to be a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy called Eugene Goostman passed a Turing test at the Royal Society in London yesterday (Saturday 6 June) by convincing 33 percent of the judges that it was human during a five-minute typed conversation. The test was suggested by computer scientist Alan Turing in 1950, and the competition was held on the 60th anniversary of his death.

The judges included Robert Llewellyn, who played the android Kryten in Red Dwarf, and Lord Sharkey, who led the campaign for Turing’s posthumous pardon last year. Llewellyn tweeted: “Turing test was amazing. Did 10 sessions of 5 minutes, 2 screens, 1 human 1 machine. I guessed correctly 4 times. Clever little robot fellow/” There were five AI programs, so presumably Goostman fooled him.

Eugene Goostman’s success was not a surprise. In 2012, the same chatbot fooled 29 percent of the 25 human judges when winning a Turing test competition held at Bletchley Park, the World War II codebreaking centre, in Milton Keynes on June 23 ? which would have been Turing’s 100th birthday. Goostman was also a runner-up in the Loebner Prize tests in 2001, 2005, and 2008.

Kevin Warwick, a visiting professor at the University of Reading, which organised both tests, said it was the first time a chatbot had passed an open-ended test, rather than one where topics or questions were set in advance.
Vladimir VeselovVladimir Veselov, one of the program’s developers. Photo: University of Reading

Some of Eugene Goostman’s success is down to the choice of a 13-year-old boy from Odessa, who can’t be expected to know everything and might be forgiven for minor grammatical or linguistic errors. Vladimir Veselov, one of the program’s developers, said: “We spent a lot of time developing a character with a believable personality.”

The fictional Eugene has a father who is a gynaecologist, and has a pet guinea pig. He says: “My mom’s always shouting that ‘this dirty pig is a PIG anyway, in spite it is ‘guinea’ ? and wants me to give it as a gift to anyone of my friends for their birthday.” You can ask him yourself at the Princeton AI (artificial intelligence) website, where Eugene chats online. (“No, I don’t go to princeton, unfortunately! Maybe, let’s talk about something else?”)

The three Russian developers ? Veselov, Eugene Demchenko and Sergey Ulasen ? met up in Saint Petersburg, though Veselov now lives and works in the US. In a presentation at the Chatbots 3.0 conference in Philadelphia in 2010, Veselov said the chatbot was his hobby, and that one of the most important parts of the program was a “typo corrector”. Like humans and Google Search, Goostman tries to make sense of spelling mistakes and mistypings that generally cause computers far more problems than humans.

Chatbots could be used to provide robot assistances to website visitors, or built into robots that provide human companionship, and so on. The underlying technologies could also be used to improve the automatic parsing of documents, and similar tasks.

Kevin Warwick said in a statement from the organisers: “Of course the Test has implications for society today. Having a computer that can trick a human into thinking that someone, or even something, is a person we trust is a wake-up call to cybercrime. The Turing Test is a vital tool for combatting that threat. It is important to understand more fully how online, real-time communication of this type can influence an individual human in such a way that they are fooled into believing something is true… when in fact it is not.”

Of course, bots are really not hard to spot, if you’re trying. But they don’t have to pretend to be human in order to be useful.