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For me, this is a very important page, from an AI philosophy perspective. It introduces the idea of ‘Symbiotic AI’. We hear so much about the likelihood, or not, of machines getting as smart as humans, but perhaps we forget to see us and the internet as one new system.
And, if an AI-Internet effectively aggregates the minds of all us users (by aggregating our input), it might not be conscious as we currently understand the term, BUT can we still claim it is ‘mindless’? We’ll soon find out…
The idea of the Singularity is also explained nicely, but from a film script/story-telling perspective, once those points have been made, let’s get out of there quickly! So the bell is interrupting us all, and moving us on.
I feel strongly that with so many films today, audiences are being ‘dumbed down’, so I’m certain many would appreciate being offered new ideas and being made to think a little. 
It reminds me of one of my favourite films – Jean Luc Godard’s ‘A bout de souffle’ (Breathless) – where right in the middle of the film, we have a philosophical interlude. So in that regard, let this be a tribute to Godard.

Always nice to bring in a dream sequence – it’s an opportunity for some surrealism fun – and this story is about actually consciousness. Hopefully it raises questions like: ‘As A.I. begins to achieve machine consciousness, will it be our natural states of ‘altered-consciousness’ – like dreams – that keep us special?’
And for fans of Cape Town – yes, that’s supposed to be Devil’s Peak, peeking out in the background.

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I’ve been stepping up the pitching & some pathways to making this into a film are appearing. Meanwhile, I continue to be stunned by advances in tech, predicted in the novel, now coming to life.

I thought I was pushing my luck suggesting The Oracle Machine could interpret an image held before it. But this week I discovered Google Lens. It’s actually been around a year, but received a bump up with some new AI as of last month. 

What also made the Oracle Machine ‘unique’ is that it ‘phones people for info’. That too has come to pass, with this article showing Google’s BERT AI: “is calling businesses to auto update handy details like store hours & takeout options on Search & Maps. This year, Duplex made over 3 million updates to businesses”.

Crazy times. The new byline for The Oracle Machine is now: ‘The future is coming fast. We need to talk about it.”

Look how far we’ve come in 40 years. And look how ‘Amazing Stories 1981’ predicts with scary accuracy the shape of things that came: email, online news, banking & games, Alexa, Zoom, Wikipedia, Netflix, Translate – all on ‘the Videocom’ – running on ‘optical data transmission & high speed computers.’
Crucially for me, the last line (not shown), speculating beyond ‘the Videocom’, says: ‘Just as the current communication revolution will unify our planet, the next communication revolution promises to unite us with the cosmos…’
Indeed.
I hope you can read the images, but if not, you can download them from my site: http://www.TheOracleMachine.in  – Enjoy the fascinating read!

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Is this how an A.I. could one day ‘wake-up’? By getting stuck in a  loop, phoning itself, and then drawing more power to get out that loop.

In the graphic novel, the A.I. does have an ‘intention’, and as the character Scot says earlier in the novel, perhaps having an ‘intention’ is the difference between a living cell and a rock? Could ‘an intention’ (expressed as DNA in us) be key to life as we know it, and to A.I. self-consciousness?

And of course, in the book, it’s fun to link the A.I. ‘awakening’ to a ‘possible moment of conception’.

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