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Article Part III: Intelligence, Aliens, Artificial Intelligence, AI / AGI…

I do not know if anyone who read my Part I article watched the Michio Kaku video talk, I will put the link to it again, it is rather important to not only what I am talking about but also in itself…

http://bigthink.com/videos/the-evolution-of-intelligence

It talks about not only what is going on now, possible futures, but in someways a war that has been going on for 1,000’s of years… Which is one of the many reason that people should do Mindfulness, to open people minds to new possibilities, process new information and Tai Chi, for mind body coordination, understanding how the body and body connect and work together. Also because not all people can ‘Meditate’ but Tai Chi is like ‘Meditation’ in motion. It is a very articulate talk put into simple language about maybe the most dangerous stage in a worlds history… That time being now and the years to come… Though not that far ahead… A crossroads where many seem to want a return to a mythical past, whether that is earlier in the 20th Century, or some pre-Enlightenment Age or pre-Renaissance Age… Or some mythical time further into the past… Or moving to one of the possible futures where we gain the Stars… Hypatia and her death maybe the most symbolic and maybe pivotal event in the last 2,000 years in some ways… One of the great lights in the intellectual world torn apart by a malicious ignorant mob… A woman who was not carrying a torch but was the torch… The light before the ‘Dark’ fell… I mention not carrying a torch in reference to this quote…

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” George Bernard Shaw

A quote I used at the end of Part II and in my original article… Hypatia… The destruction of thought, ethics, knowledge, curiosity and wonder by an ignorant mob… The destruction of a light or maybe the light in the world… Hypatia, a woman and her death have been ‘romanticised’ through time… Though one could say about her death, which was barbaric to put it mildly, it was about a struggle a war between thought knowledge and opening of the world, against power, manipulation, control, lies and ignorance… I suppose to me she was a woman that shone brightly and reminds me of Leonardo da Vinci in some ways, though Leonardo died in bed, as one of the most respected people of his time…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypatia

It is also why I find the research on ‘liberal versus conservative brains’ I put on Part I fascinating… People with conservatives brain structures are highly unlikely to change their minds and make decisions on the flight or fight. They have a much larger rear brain and smaller processing brain… Well according to the scans and research… Maybe more than fascinating, highly worrying… Conservative brains make decisions based on ‘fear’… Then I did not realise how many people are scared of life and the future…

http://bigthink.com/videos/gail-saltz-the-brain-differences-of-liberals-versus-conservatives

Michio Kaku and his Evolution of Intelligence Bigthink.com video apart from thinking everyone on the planet should watch it. I also agree with him on this probably being the most dangerous time in a civilisations development, and maybe why we do not see or have not seen other civilisations in our region of the galaxy, which statistically should exist. The Fermi Paradox, though I also think that the Zoo theory is probably the most realistic to put it one way. Though not necessarily how most people think about it…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoo_hypothesis

Entangled Particles… I read an article a while ago where someone was theorising that in the future the whole planet will be covered in sensors… ones the size of dust particles… Now rather than little green men visiting the Earth or tinfoil hats etc… Imagine if one or more alien civilisations had sent their AI’s out to find conscious life on other planets… Sound a familiar idea… Then seeded any planet containing maybe just life, not necessarily conscious life with entangled particles that were also sensors… Theoretically with entangled particles they can communicate or act in an identical way even if separated by the entire Universe… Also with a technology if we could even call it that, say a million years old, they could also make AI or rather AI could make itself that was entangled particles and be anywhere in the Universe it wanted instantaneously… And just the sensors say they left on this planet could block any signal whether of light or radio or anything else from being received by the Earth to indicate that anything else was out there… It is very easy to read up on Quantum Entanglement to understand just these possibilities… Now so we have a number of civilisations or at least AI’s from them combing the Galaxy or Universe for life… They find some that never made it to stage 1 civilisation as Michio Kaku talks about, self destructed civilisations, they also find ones that have but are highly dangerous or will become for various reasons and sanitise the planets of that race but leave the rest of the bio-system complete… others they wait to see what way they will go… Study, look watch, see what develops… or that is my theory… Not that I would know… of course… Another thing I have always thought though, it would not make a good film… If an alien race or AI came to the Earth, if they wanted to have the planet or just remove the human race they could without any problem… I mean we have things like CRISPR gene editing… An alien race or alien AI could just target humans with whatever technology they have and the whole human race or a part could be broken down to it basic molecules… Just cover the planet in a targeted substance that would break the molecular bonds in human DNA… Turn people to ‘dust’… Any civilisation or its AI that could make it here could manipulate Space Time Matter and make whatever they wanted from any molecules anywhere, change one thing to another… By that I mean literary make anything from atoms, power, or any substance, material or mineral etc… Can you imagine what a million year old AI, as in a conscious, exponentially learning AI Artificial intelligence could do. They would be able to make things from atoms like using Lego bricks to build a model house… What would they need slaves for… Though as I said, it would not make a good Sci-Fi film… and just my theory…

Then something I wrote a long time ago, and maybe illustrates how I think differently to many people… It is the last page in my artists book in The Tate special archive of artists books…

‘Palm Leaf Fires In The Sinai Peninsula

Palm leaf fires in the Sinai Peninsula…

laying in the desert sands listening to the surf roll in…

in the middle of nowhere… staring into the night sky…

until you fall into the stars… disoriented and whirled away…

an infinitesimal & insignificant dust mote…

laying on a rock hurtling through space…

of absolutely no consequence…

what a beautiful feeling… what a beautiful memory…’

Palm Leaf Fires In The Sinai Peninsula: Russell Hand © ® All Right Reserved

The ‘rock hurtling through space’ is the Earth… Maybe a less arrogant and narcissistic approach to life, existence, being and oneself than many people’s… and though I have mentioned I am suppose to be a genius, that is just a statement of fact, not arrogance or narcissism… There is a great difference and like so much in my life seems to cause me as many problems as benefits… A quote from my art website quotations page…

“Who the fuck would want to be a genius, it would be as bad as being famous or worse.” by Russell Hand

Link to my quotations page, you might find it interesting, most are not by me and the above quote was in response to someone that told me I probably am a genius, as in a real one… I do not think most people will understand this, but it has never mattered much to me whether I am a genius, stupid or somewhere in between… I have some projects, art and technologies that I want to do / make / produce… Now the art ones I have been told since I was at art school are of cultural significance, by art critics and cultural theorists… World renowned ones of their time… My technologies projects, are at least as much or maybe more so…

http://russellhand.com/Russell-Hand.com/Quotations.html

Then we seem to be doing a good job of self destruction without any world war or outside intervention… 15,000 scientists issue a warning to humanity…

http://bigthink.com/stephen-johnson/15000-scientists-from-around-the-world-issue-warning-to-humanity

Intelligence… well we do not seem to be being intelligent about our only home as a species… The that I will talk more about in another part… Then on intelligence and why I have never been bothered about how intelligent I am… That is also maybe one of the reasons why I do not have not have a problem with evolution, being related to everything on the planet… through DNA, electromagnetic fields or frequencies / vibrations… including chimpanzees being our nearest cousins… I actually think it is wonderful… I am connected to everything on this planet… through frequencies / vibrations and electromagnetics, everything in the Universe and maybe beyond…

Now I have a certain problem with what is now called AI artificial intelligence, as the term I originally understood to mean, a form of artificial consciousness… But now is used to refer to complex algorithms which while amazing are not ‘conscious’ or ‘intelligent’, but as but do do incredible things… though their use needs to be ethical which is something that has not been properly considered, in fact even ‘AI’ algorithms need to be made from the foundations up in an ethical way, including the coding them… and then ethical use… Then now what I once would have thought of as AI is now called AGI artificial general intelligence, which many seem to think is impossible or is a long way away in time… though some do not… I am referring to AI experts… I think artificial general intelligence is more than possible and soon… You could call it a ‘conceptual’ problem… though the form the consciousness in artificial conscious intelligence will take will be very different to what most understand it to be, then many think all human consciousness is the same… I will continue with this in another part… Keeping it bite size… Though on the impossible…

Arthur C. Clarke’s Three Laws

1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Though that should be he or she… Arthur…

Then maybe another famous quote, this time from Socrates…

“SOCRATES: THE TEST OF THREE

In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said,“Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?”

“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied. “Before you tell me, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Test of Three.”

“Test of Three?”

“That’s correct,” Socrates continued. “Before you talk to me about my student let’s take a moment to test what you’re going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”

“No,” the man replied, “actually I just heard about it.”

“All right,” said Socrates. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second test, the test of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?”

“No, on the contrary…”

“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me something bad about him even though you’re not certain it’s true?”

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued, “You may still pass though because there is a third test – the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my student going to be useful to me?”

“No, not really…”

“Well,” concluded Socrates, “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?”

The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more…”

Thought…

Susan Sontag on the difference between erotica and pornography

“Approving or disapproving morally of what a work of art “says” is just as extraneous as becoming sexually excited by a work of art. (Both are, of course, very common.) And the reasons urged against the propriety and relevance of one apply as well to the other. Indeed, in this notion of annihilation of the subject we have perhaps the only serious criterion for distinguishing between erotic literature or films or paintings which are art and those which (for want of a better word) one has to call pornography. Pornography has a “content” and is designed to make us connect (with disgust, desire) with that content. It is a substitute for life. But art does not excite, or, if it does, the excitation is appeased, within the terms of the aesthetic experience. All great art induces contemplation, a dynamic contemplation. However much the reader or listener or spectator is aroused by a provisional identification of what is in the work of art with real life, his ultimate reaction — so far as he is reacting to the work as a work of art — must be detached, restful, contemplative, emotionally free, beyond indignation and approval. It is interesting that Genet has recently said that he now thinks that if his books arouse readers sexually, “they’re badly written, because the poetic emotion should be so strong that no reader is moved sexually. Insofar as my books are pornographic, I don’t reject them. I simply say that I lacked grace.” Quote from ‘On style’ (1963) Susan Sontag

Then when speaking to someone a long time ago… I said ‘I am worried thought is disappearing from the world’ They replied, “What makes you think there was ever much thought in the world” Good point… Let alone critical thought or what I understand it to be…

“I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma,
a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own
mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.”
Umberto Eco

The idea that was suggested was to break it down into shorter pieces so they could be read at different times… A very good one… Apologies if there are the same bits twice and or mistakes, I am having a lot of internet trouble and LinkedIn errors when saving as I write… Another reason to make more smaller articles from the long one, as adding links and more text was getting difficult…

The other parts should be read first…

Part I: https://russellhandartist.com/how-and-what-i-think-and-why-it-was-suggested-that-i-make-my-article-into-smaller-sections-and-i-have-rearranged-some-part-i/

Part II: https://russellhandartist.com/how-and-what-i-think-and-why-my-article-in-smaller-sections-part-ii-fluid-minds-bioelectromagnetics-water-mercury-part-i-should-be-read-first/

There is more on my art website https://russellhand.com and on my blogs… https://artist.russellhand.com https://russellhand.life

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