Monday, November 08, 2004

"Putting a face on Big Brother"

I came across an article that outlines a computer simulation of basic visual human reactions to visual stimuli. The interesting thing is there is actually no artificial intellgience involved.

Personally, I don't want a virtual being turning on the lights for me at 3 in the morning when I go to get a snack or whatever. Anyone seen 2001: A Space Odyssey? This kind of reminds me of HAL, which isn't good. Of course, that would require the involvement of AI rather than just programmed reactions.


Blogger Andrew Chen said...

"If a self-image is the only thing we need to justify something as being inherently safe or good, I think we have a small problem."

I think we've had a not-so-small problem for a very long time.

But I really would want something to turn on the lights for me at such an hour. Have you ever stubbed your toe at night? Or fell while fumbling for the light switch? Or jumped up to answer the phone when it rung in the middle of the night, only to realize, once having answered the phone, that all your limbs are still asleep and that you have that pins-and-needles sensation all over? Times like that, you really appreciate things working automatically for you, and well. Also, times like that, a smile really helps make your day a bit better.

If Big Brother is my buddy, I don't think I'll have a problem with him, right?

8:05 PM  
Blogger Meshon said...

If I could hack someone's house, I would make them some nice lemon tea.

Jer sounds very benevolent. I wouldn't mind him watching. I could probably get him to glare if I was supposed to be working on a paper and I started playing Halo 2 instead. The problem would be, of course, that I would spend hours trying to surprise him, just to see that look on his face! But then we would be friends again.

The place where dystopia emerges is the point when people forget, not just how to turn on the lights, but that they even can.

10:16 PM  

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