Love Between You and Intelligent Life

Love Between You and Intelligent Life
Creating Love With Computers
TED Talk: April 26th 2013
Started Creating Early May 2013
Written by Jennifer Kiley
Finished Creating May 27th 2013
Posted May 27th 2013
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Creating Love With Computers: Doug Carmean at TEDxHollywood
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Love Between You and Intelligent Life

Can a techno gadget love you back if you love your techno gadget?

SPOILER ALERT!
I watched the TV version on Twilight Zone of Ray Bradbury’s short story: “I Sing the Body Electric.” Season 3 Episode 35 (available on HULUPLUS.) It gave me a view into the question whether a human can love a computer who responds in kind with the love the human is seeking. In Bradbury’s story, a family of three young children have lost their mother. A father has lost his wife. He loves his children deeply. But he worries they will be denied the attention they need while he is working long hours to make a living. The son has what he believes is the answer. A magazine with an advertisement: “I Sing the Body Electric” is the motto of the company Facsimile Limited. “To parents who worry about inadequate nurses in schools, who are concerned about the moral and social development of their children, we have perfected an electronic data processing system, in the shape of an elderly woman. A woman built with precision with the incredible ability of giving loving supervision to your family.”

The family investigate the truth behind the ad. Two of the children and the dad are enthusiastic but one child is overwhelmingly reserved and does not want this to happen. She runs away and her father goes after her. While the two are away, the other two children discuss what they have seen and how they can build the person they want. There final decision is to proceed on their own to create their idea of the perfect “grandmother.” It is done.

On the perfect day outside, while the three children are playing, a woman comes walking down the sidewalk toward them, carrying a suitcase. She stops in front of them. The inquisition begins. The children discover she is their creation. Those who created her are thrilled, the other child rejects her and runs into the house.

It takes time but after a traumatic incident the girl finally accepts their new grandmother. It seems after losing her mother, she feared everyone would abandon her. Their promises were not reassurance enough for the young girl to feel safe opening up her feelings to someone new. Once she realized her new grandmother would never leave and she could trust it, she hugged her new grandmother who hugged her in return. A hug filled with love, real, true love. It was as real as any love that could be shared between humans.

Can you make a machine that can love?

SPOILER ALERT!
In the film “Blade Runner,” Deckard, played by Harrison Ford, falls in love with a replicant, Rachel, played by Sean Young. At first he doesn’t know she is a replicant and she doesn’t know either. He does his replicant test on her, which she is aware that he is doing. They fall for each other, even though they discover she is a machine. Basically, it makes no difference to either of them. He falls in love with her anyway. Her feelings are confused but there is a mutual attraction.

Deckard is part of law enforcement seeking four replicants who hijacked a spaceship and returned to Earth to seek their maker, to find out why they exist and why they must die. They have a termination date built in their system, set for a specific length of time. Not all replicants are aware of this determination but the ones that are want to know the answer like most humans do, why do I have to die.

Rachel is not part of the group of four. But she needs answers, too. She doesn’t know how upgraded she actually is. One being that she doesn’t have a termination date and that she is a replicant until Deckard finds that out through his tests. They meet at the Doctor’s office, who is the creator of the replicants. She lives with the Doctor in a Platonic relationship. Deckard is seeking answers as well from the Doctor. After Deckard talks to the Doctore, one of the four replicants kill the Doctor because he doesn’t give him the answers he wants. Which makes absolutely no sense.

At the end, Deckard and Rachel go off together, not before he finishes his assignment of terminating the four rebellious and violent rogue replicants.

So a good ending of love found between a human and a computer machine, who had developed the ability to love in the way of a human.

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Doug Carmean, a computer architect at Intel, explores the relationships between people and computers in this TED Talk: Creating Love With Computers. He is trying to answer questions regarding computers and humans.

Does a computer have an ability to use it’s processors toward being able to love a human?

Computers are as complex as a human.

Machines have the capacity to love but they are sociopaths.

Would the machines want to run our lives?

Doug has put a team together of people. A requirement to be part of the team is you have to have emotions. Examples are psychologists, artists, etc.

Want to build set of tools that will build up communications.

Taking the sinister aspects out of it.

Communication: IM. Email. Messaging.

Look at the emotional part of it.

Combined with pronoun usage. You can tell a lot about the usage of pronouns.

Responding with long texts. If you get a note and respond too slow or too fast it will determine what is happening with you.

Theory of mind: Build a notion of the way people will respond to communications.

Treat people the way they want to be treated not the way you want to be treated.

Looking at loneliness.

Showing photo that reminds you of that person in order to develop a familiarity.

Believe that eventually that machine will love.

Some of the ideas looked at in this video. It would be a wonder to develop such a machine that would be able to have an interactive relationship with a human as a human would have with another human. Think of what it would do for loneliness and the multitude of possibilities this would create.

Something that has been pondered throughout time through imagination and the actual construction of an interaction between a data machine and a human.

I am quite interested in seeing where the possibilities will lead.

Why can’t a human feel attached to a computer, replicant, the way we would relate to another human and not feel a difference?

Is it possible to take the development of computer to human that far into a real system that worked as it would in someone’s imagination? By Jennifer Kileysilver divider between paragraphs

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The Seekers — Colours of My Life
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QUOTATIONS on CHANGING/GROWING/IDENTITY:
(Can Humans Love Machines?)
(Can Machines Love Humans?)

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.” ― Tony Schwartz

“We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are all the same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct & individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We don’t share blood, but we share the air that keeps us alive. I will not blind myself and say that my black brother is not different from me. I will not blind myself and say that my brown sister is not different from me. But my black brother is he as much as I am me. But my brown sister is she as much as I am me.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” ― Alan Cohen

“I think that the best kind of change, is the change that comes from the inside and begins it’s way out until it emerges on the outside; a change that is born underneath then continues and spreads until it has reached the surface. That’s a true change. A powerful change. And I have found that while we are emerging, changing into something glorious; it is actually us becoming who we really are. A water lily is born underneath the water, inside the soil at the bottom of the river or lake. And the water lily has always been a water lily for that whole time that it was sprouting out of the wet soil, reaching up through the dark water towards the sunlight, stretching and grasping for the surface; where it then buds and blooms on the outside in the sunshine. It doesn’t bud and bloom on the surface and then try to reach down below into the soil.” ― C. JoyBell C.

“It is in this darkness that I have found all light— somehow become so bright, a shooting star on a stormy night.” ― Coco J. Ginger

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

“Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.” ― Tony Schwartz

“Love only grows by sharing. You can only have more for yourself by giving it away to others.” ― Brian Tracy

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.” ― Alan Cohen
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One thought on “Love Between You and Intelligent Life

  1. “Let go of certainty. The opposite isn’t uncertainty. It’s openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides. The ultimate challenge is to accept ourselves exactly as we are, but never stop trying to learn and grow.” ― Tony Schwartz

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