Re: virus: Self-awareness Software and Reputing

Alexander Williams (
Fri, 07 Mar 1997 18:40:20 -0500

Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:
> If self-awareness is software (and I think it is) then we should be able to
> make a computer program which would run it.

Absolutely. Actually, self-awareness can be said to already have been
implimented if you look into robotic systems, especially automated
battlefield systems, that keep track of their physical/operational
stati. They even are `aware' of themselves as `battlefield assets' and
autonomous units, which would seem to overcome at least one class of
objections to self-awareness as defined by the masses.

> "Learning" is a simple process to model on a computer: just remember the
> losing situations and before making a (random) decision consult the losing
> situation (constantly growing) table, and if it's there, try another one, etc.

Or remember winning ones, or evaluate a position based purely on
experience and extrapolate.

> *repute* -- how is that for a replication (reproduction) with mutation?,
> "repute", "replutation", ("reputation" would be better, but it's taken,
> "reprutation" sounds weird); or for "copy with mutation" we can use
> "coputation" (not "computation" and not "copulation" :-)), "copute" ? "repute"?

Ewwww. Recompute? Breed?

> How would a modelling self-awareness software look like?
> (We've got two years to do it...) Where do we start?
> Are you a software person, Alex?

Depends on what you want in self-awareness. Myself, I think human-like
self-awareness would just get in the way of getting Real Work Done(tm),
but ...

They /say/ I'm a software person, /I/ say I'm an Abstraction Engineer.

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