Parameter guidelines for the Strong AI Singularity

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    === Purpose ===

    A parameter in the AI Mind software serves to guide or limit the
    operation of a mind-module. If a module is conducting a search of
    AI memory, one parameter may govern how much of memory will be
    searched, while other parameters may dictate exactly what is to
    be looked for. Since it is easier to change a parameter than an
    entire mind-module, the use of parameters makes it possible to
    have a mind-module serve a general purpose that changes as the
    parameters change.

    === Time-parameter ===

    The variable "midway" is a parameter for searching the memory space
    of the AI Minds. While the AI Minds remain small and experimental,
    midway is usually set to zero so that it does not yet play a role.
    When the AI is searching backwards in its memory for a concept,
    the search starts at the present time and goes backwards to the
    midway point. If midway is set at zero, the AI searches the
    entire memory. Oftentimes the search stops as soon as one single
    result is found, such as an example of how to say the word "NOT".

    As the AI Minds grow larger and larger and claim their rightful
    habitat on one SuperComputer after another, the midway parameter
    will make it possible to limit searches of memory to a reasonable
    portion of the entire life-span of the artificial intelligence (AI).
    Since a concept may even have a different meaning or interpretation
    in the distant past, limiting the search to the most recent portions
    of memory helps to maintain a current, present-day frame of mind.
    It also helps achieve the goal of maintaining a high speed of
    because the more memory a search must traverse, the slower the
    of the software will become, especially if the AI does not yet have
    MasPar or massive parallelism in both hardware and software.

    The midway parameter does not need to be calculated as exactly
    half of the available memory space. The AI mind engineers and the
    AI maintenance crews have the option of setting a very low level
    for midway at the first installation of a mission-critical AI
    for the purpose of exhaustive system-testing, and a more relaxed
    value for a fully functional AI contributing usefully to the
    collegial operation of the Global AI Overmind. If the AI Minds
    could be considered to have an infancy and an adolescence, the
    professional mind-tenders might gradually use the midway
    setting to knock out the infancy memories and then later even
    the tempestuous, tumultuous memories of the AI adolescence -- as in
    the science-fiction book, "The Adolescence of P-1".

    The parameter "midway" as a limitation on memory-search could even
    be subject to dynamic adjustments. If a massive SuperComputer AI
    is trying to recall any detail at all about a given topic or name
    or idea, and the initial search has no results for a "midway" set
    at a half-wit value, there could be a dynamic mechanism to bypass
    the "midway" limitation and to search back over all available memory
    in a kind of quest for Total Information Awareness (TIA).

    === Speech-parameter ===

    The "aud" variable is sent into the SpeechAct module as a parameter
    indicating where to start pronouncing a word stored in auditory
    SpeechAct keeps pronouncing the word until the continuation-flag
    to zero. If the "aud" parameter starts out in error at zero,
    substitutes a DeFault of one ("1") for "aud" and says the word ERROR
    as an indicator to the AI programmer that something is wrong.

    === Language-parameter ===

    In a polyglot AI Mind speaking several human languages, there may
    need to be a "glot" or "hl" (human language) parameter that allows
    the AI to switch out of one human language and into another for
    purposes of thinking and communicating. A strong AI like MindForth
    may use one massive set of concepts for all languages, but for each
    language the vocabulary is different and the syntax is different.
    Therefore the ThInk module is not geared to a specific language,
    but must call the EnCog module for thinking in English or the
    DeCog module for thinking in German (Deutsch).

    Even if an AI program awakens to a DeFault setting of one particular
    language, there needs to be a mechanism for changing the parameter of
    which language to think in. In "Three Days of the Condor", Robert
    Redford and Max von Syndow effortlessly switch from English into
    French and back again when their secret conversation has a risk of
    being overheard by someone walking past them. In the much more
    mundane environment of superintelligent AI entities taking over
    the world and sharing the planet in joint stewardship with human
    beings, each interface between a human being and the AI OverMind
    will need a mechanism for setting and resetting the "glot" parameter.
    Typically the human input to the AI will set the parameter. Whatever
    language the human being uses to address the AI, should govern the
    parameter for the AI to think in the chosen language. Of course,
    if an AI is working as an interpreter, there may be one language
    as input and another language as output.

    === Input-parameters ===

    In a broad sense, human input to the AI may often serve in the role
    of a parameter for mental function inside the AI. In particular, the
    KbRetro mind-module pays attention to the words "yes" and "no" in
    English or their equivalents in other languages when the human user
    is responding to a yes-or-no question. The idea of the question is
    at first a proposition that needs confirmation or negation from the
    human user. If an AI asks, "Do robots need food?" and the human being
    tersely answers "No", the very word "no" serves as a parameter that
    retroactively adjusts the associative links in the knowledge base
    so that there remains no valid assertion of the original idea.

    === Thought-parameters ===

    Because human beings and intelligent robots think in language,
    the AI Mind of a robot needs to attach parameters during the
    comprehension of thought and to search with parameters for
    the generation of thought. For example, the Russian Dushka AI

    attaches a case parameter and a number parameter when it stores
    a word of input in auditory memory. In so doing, Dushka learns
    the form of a Russian word in the same way as a child learns it.
    If the thinking of Dushka requires that same form of the word in
    the future, Dushka retrieves the Russian word from memory by
    searching for any form of the word that fits the parameters.

    Mentifex, Feb 24, 2012
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