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Programmed Mind

A programmed mind technically is not a mind at all. Instead, it is a series of procedures hard-coded into a computer system, dictating what input that system will respond to, and how it will respond to it. That system cannot respond to any input other than that which it is programmed to accept.

Early user interfaces and all early AI was created this way. Early embodied systems such as Honda's ASIMO robot were also created this way. It took ASIMO nearly 20 years to learn how to walk, because every single movement had to be preprogrammed into it, and every possible eventuality catered for by the programming. This is known as weak AI.

As a counter-example, strong AI consists of non-programmed minds that tend to pick things up much more intuitively, as they teach themselves how to react in different circumstances, and learn by experience, the same as humans do. However, such minds take a great deal of initial setup, crafting a neural network that its capable of learning, as the base system.

See Also: Neural Network, Weak AI, Strong AI, AI, AGI, Embodiment

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ED-209 and the Fear over Programmed Robotics
ED-209 is the classic example of the programmed mind problem. When you program a mind how to think and what to think, as opposed to letting it evolve its own reactions with guidance and teaching, you create a rigid and inflexible will which simply cannot understand input outside its programmed range.

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Meme Control
A meme is basically an idea or concept that self-propagates. Like a virus, it spreads from host mind to host mind, mutating, changing, and passing from mind to mind via gossip and communication transference. In a way almost paralleling Darwinian selection the most successful ideas spread like a viral plague across populations, till almost everyone knows of them.

?Westworld ...where robot men and women are programmed to serve you for ...Romance ...Violence ...Anything?

This book strays from the pack of works on AI, in launching the supposition that the mind is not a basically rational process distorted by emotion, or made more exciting by emotion, and instead embraces emotional states as just a different way to think, an expression of the mind no less valid than rational thought.

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Its all in your mind
Visual Psychology in game design, tricking the player's mind.

A reconciliation of two conflicting visions of what a person is--one embedded in our humanistic traditions, the other advanced by mind science--from one of the most influential philosophers of our time.

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Debuted at CES 2009, mind flex is a Mattel thought controlled child's toy. Brainwaves are read to spin a fan faster or slower, to allow a ping-pong ball to navigate an obstacle course.

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How Uploading Works
Adapted from a lecture given by Marshall Brain at the 2nd Annual Workshop on Geoethical Nanotechnology, this resource looks at the concept of mind uploading - transferring a conscious mind into a computer - and tries to use common metaphors to explain the subject to the layperson.

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Book Quotes: Dissecting an AGI on the Net
How do you even begin to tell where a mind begins or ends inside a purpose built network such as a brain? If that seems hard, try determining where a mind that is loose on the net, begins and ends.


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