“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”
This was quoted by Albert Einstein, one of the world’s most revolutionary scientists of all time. He was simple, religious, patient, followed a more non-time schedule.
Just like that, there was Garry, a simple, believing in Oneness and with a patient mindset. Although the time was not in his favour he was still of the same character.
He was imagining his AI talking like a human, feeling and expressing its thoughts like a human. While he was writing the algorithm for a child model, he was concerned more about emotions than thoughts.
He second-guessed that his algorithm would be able to make an AI think like a human. Some algorithms, like analysis and critical thinking, were all there to thinking or maybe more but the emotions were of more concern.
There are times when work alone won’t accomplish something fruitful but, with driving and motivating emotions, the achievement is just a snap away. It implies that with strong emotions, time narrows down to mere moments.
As he was self-conversing, he said, “I believe when there are emotions, our intellect and soul goes beyond the limits of time.”
AI’s emotions were his first preference because he needed to take care of the limited time at hand. This meant he needed self-productive and goal-oriented AI. This would lead an AI to work exponentially faster than an emotionless one. Those emotions shall bring up a higher pace in it. But the big question was, how?
“How will an AI feel like a human? What triggers an emotion in a live being? What happens in a being who exhibit certain emotions at a certain time?”, he asked.
Currently, he was writing less and thinking more. He was following a phrase quoted by one of the world-class intellectuals, “80% thinking, 20% working”. The algorithm was easy to code for him as he was capable enough but what to write was the question.
As Garry was asking these questions, from outdoors through the window, he heard a dog’s howl. A person was walking down the street with her dog. Something was bothering that dog which was making it howl more than the normal days.
It could be that the dog was hungry, or scared, or nervous, or just having a bad stomach. Who knows? There were so many possibilities to it.
Thinking about what was bothering that dog, suddenly a question came up which just shifted the course, “Does a trigger to an emotion matter or the aftermath of an emotion?”
Wow! He found it! He found the solution to the emotion’s problem! It was at this moment he knew it would take far below five hours to create an AGI with an M1 processor Mac. He may also have extra time to build a labyrinth for the stranger to fall in.
He asked more and more of the questions. He was engrossed in the web of emotional queries to write code more precisely.
He thought, “imagine if one is happy, what will happen to his hunger? He might feel hungrier than other times. What if he’s sad? He may be hungry but he might decide not to eat which will result in hunger suppression. What if he’s angry? He might be thirstier than before.”
“What about after eating? If he ate salty or oily food, he may feel thirsty but if there was simple food, he may feel fulfilled. What if it was his favourite food? He may eat no matter if he had just eaten. So, it might be the case that all kind of emotions directly impacts our energy consumption and energy production.”
So, if we replace food with electric current we might get the answer. For that, one of the solutions might be using Alternating Current, devised by Nikola Tesla.
But there was another problem, ambiguity i.e. the possibility of more than one event.
“There can be two different people, both feeling sad. The ambiguity is where one is feeling not to eat, another person could feel otherwise. What kind of code would then be needed? What results in one consuming more than others or certainly, how energy consumption differs?”
For it, he thought that the character and reasons in a person matters. The majority of people who work hard prefer not to eat when sad than the people who procrastinate often. And the more self-conscious one is he would feel more hunger, while happy, compared to the person that isn’t self-centred.
For him, it also meant that his AGI needed to have strong reasons and a bold character.
As he was more into the talking, “So, it might be the case that when there is an unstable emotion, energy consumption rises, even when one’s at rest. For it, the best example could be the time when a person feels anxious. The body starts sweating, legs and hands start shaking, the mind stops thinking and one is confused. The energy loss and production of the human body would then increase or decrease depending on a person’s belief system and character.”
“I think the algorithm should be so perfect that it knew for itself when to do what without AGI’s knowledge.” Yes, he was devising the code for a subconscious mind.
Garry believed that a human is capable of using a hundred per cent of his or her brain but controls only five to fifteen per cent of it. For instance, when one gets injured, he isn’t conscious of the whole procedure of clotting and white cell production but he still heals. It’s his biomechanics and subconscious mind that takes care of it.
All bodily systems of a person work themselves which might be the remaining ninety per cent of a human’s brain.
One’s body is self-aware about itself far more than he or she is. This should also be the case with AGI. Its intrinsic algorithms should take care of all the necessities, among which only specifics should be disclosed for the AGI.
The code was finished and it was nearly six in the morning. It was dark outside but the pedestrians were starting to move by. Some were jogging with their headphones on and some with dogs. And some were coming from their offices after long work night hours.
As he pressed ‘enter’ on his keyboard, the alarm buzzed on his phone. It was six in the morning. He looked around but she wasn’t there.
She wasn’t there to make him coffee or give him a morning kiss.
He remembered she was lying, with her heart stopped, in the dining room.
He turned off the alarm and with the alarm went off he felt the dark silence and his mind once again… fell in desolation.