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Category: Group Mind

Orch OR, Panpsychism and AI

I believe that if we are to create a true conscious AI we will need to use a Quantum CPU. It will need to be a medium that can support Orch OR. There are many paths to that, and Google is already working with DWave in their AI lab:

Google and NASA’s Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab

Scientists develop atomic-scale hardware to implement natural computing

Nanowires exhibit interesting quantum phenomena, so I think it will be possible, and the above article demonstrates that.

“Quantum Water” Discovered in Carbon Nanotubes
A new quantum state of water found in carbon nanotubes at room temperature could have important implications for life

Carbon nanotube fibers make superior links to brain

Quantum Criticality in life’s proteins (Update)
Source: http://phys.org/news/2015-04-quantum-criticality-life-proteins.html

Discovery of quantum vibrations in ‘microtubules’ inside brain neurons supports controversial theory of consciousness
Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140116085105.htm

Anesthesia Points to Deeper Level ‘Quantum Channels’ as Origins of Consciousness
Source: http://www.newswise.com/articles/anesthesia-points-to-deeper-level-quantum-channels-as-brain-sites-for-consciousness

And Ray Kurzweil has said the same thing. That if Orch OR turns out to be true, Quantum Computers are coming, so it should not be a hindrance to creating a Conscious AI.

The ramifications if this is true are more interesting to me from a humanist perspective.  Essentially, Animism, Shintoism, Jainism, Wicca, and some sects of Buddhism, are closer to reality and fit the universe more as far as world religions are concerned.

How will the world react?

Individualism vs Collectivism

Here is how I see it:

Individualism: Individual ideas, thoughts, dreams, hopes, etc.
Hybrid Individualism: Individual ideas, thoughts, dreams, hopes, Collective knowledge.
Collective: Collective Goals, Collective Ideas, Collective decision making, Collective Knowledge.

This is the current state of things. Nothing changes.

Hybrid Individualism:
The current state of things, with added access to memories/knowledge that you did not gather/learn individually. For instance, you want to play a guitar, instead of going through the learning process, which takes years, you access the communal knowledge of expert guitar players, and can play as well as they can, but still add your own twist to it

With large projects, say building the Cern’s LHC, you need subject matter experts there controlling the construction. Now imagine a collective group that sets the goal of building the LHC. Instead 500 people working on it, it is now 1000, or a larger amount. People that know nothing about the subject could join the collective, and have access to information and experience of the subject matter experts and build it very quickly. There would be no need to communicate verbally, everything is orchestrated as a single being.

All three have a place. Right now we only have the first (individualism) as an option.

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