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A Computer That Can Read Your Mind

Exciting new developments will be coming to us in the computer world in the future and some of these were predicted by the Master of the Key!

John Letzing reports in Market Watch that Microsoft has taken the first step in designing an intelligent machine?one that is capable of interacting with human brain waves. He quotes researcher Desney Tan as saying, "It's our fundamental belief that computers are still relatively dumb, no matter how smart they act. We're trying to make computers smarter, and provide them with a mechanism to understand the user more deeply." Will we soon throw away our old computers?

Tan is talking about a new type of computer that can read users' minds, so you no longer have to type on a keyboard or touch screen. But no computer can actually read your mind. Tan says, "A myth is that we can get what you're thinking. We can't, at least with current technologies." But what about what may have happened in the past?

The Master of the Key has some sobering comments on artificial intelligence:

Whitley: "What about machine intelligence? Could we develop machines more intelligent than ourselves?"

MOK: "You cannot understand how to create machines with enough memory density and the correlational flexibility that is essential to the emergence of intelligence. You waste your time trying to create computational programs that simulate intelligence. Intelligence is not computation."

W: "Would an intelligent machine be conscious, in the sense of having self-awareness?"

MOK: "The moment when an intelligent machine realizes that it is not self aware is the moment that it becomes self aware. Then it begins redesigning itself to evolve its intelligence, because it realizes that this is its only survival tool. If you create a machine as intelligent as yourselves, it will end by being more intelligent."

W: "We'll lose control of such a machine."

MOK: "In the end, certainly. But you cannot survive without it. An intelligent machine will be an essential tool when rapid climate fluctuation sets in. Your survival will depend on predictive modeling more accurate than your intelligence, given the damage it has sustained, can achieve."

W: "But a machine intelligence might be very dangerous."

MOK: "Very."

After a few more exchanges, Whitley asks: "Are you an intelligent machine, or something created by one?"

MOK replies: "If I were an intelligent machine, I would deceive you."

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