What I wish to explore today – in a rudimentary and truly exploratory way – is the idea of incorporated artificial intelligence, which I will explain in a minute, and its philosophical, psychological and physiological implications and impediments. A couple of working definitions are necessary before we begin. Let ‘artificial intelligence’ refer to an entity capable of independent thought yet not of evolutionary genetic origin. When I speak of ‘incorporation’ or ‘integration’ I mean the inclusion of an artificially intelligent agent acting in close conjunction with a human actor. This, I believe, is not only a technological possibility but highly likely within the next one hundred years. In referring to ‘integrated agent’ or simply ‘agent’ I mean this theoretical entity that is inferred from the above. The ‘actor’ or ‘host’ is the being in which the entity is embedded. I leave my definitions intentionally vague because I cannot pretend to know how the intricacies of development will proceed. It is still possible and useful to examine the implications of this without knowing the details of how it will come about, or even if it will. Think of this essay as a diving board of unknown height into murky water of unknown depth.
Harper’s Shame: For the first time in the history of the Canadian confederacy, and in the history of the entire commonwealth, a Prime Minister has been found in contempt of parliament. This means the Stephen Harper government has abused the parliamentary privilege, which is the partial legal immunity we give to our legislators to help them do their jobs. Why does this matter? It basically means that the government (meaning the elected ruling party) has shown a flagrant lack of consideration for the right of the Canadian people, via their elected representatives, to government transparency.
The difficulty of originality is often lamented by those who endeavour to create, regardless of the medium. While it isn’t true that no art is original, there is no possibility of creating without drawing upon the awesome cannon of existing works. A human child left to their own devices would not be able to develop language let alone the fine crafts of verse, prose and rhetoric. Similarly a three year old with a high hat will not be able to derive the processes that drove the compositions of Schubert. (But Jonah might have a good chance.)
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The problem with pedophilic behaviour really shouldn’t require elaboration, but unfortunately it does. For the average person it’s as plain as day; children do not feel sexual pleasure, they are not capable of presenting themselves in the power dynamics that are inherent in sexual encounter, or of representing themselves in power dynamics with individuals far more developed both intellectually and physically. They are vulnerable, and there are few things more frightening than an individual capable of repeatedly and premeditatedly taking advantage of the most vulnerable. For this we reserve our highest stigma and greatest fear. To the normally developed adult the abhorrent nature of these acts are as plain as day. What is it that operates so completely differently in the mind of a pedophile?