ROBOTS AND THE GLOBAL MIND.

V 12 02 2003 14::00 CET COPYRIGHT ©  J. P. KROL

THE OXFORD DICTIONARY DEFINES ROBOT THUS : AN APPARENTLY HUMAN AUTOMATION, INTELLIGENT AND OBEDIENT BUT IMPERSONAL MACHINE.

IN THE COMPUTER/INTERNET ERA THIS DEFINITION PROBABLY NEEDS REFINEMENT BUT WE ARE NOT GOING INTO THAT ONE AT THIS POINT. PERHAPS IT IS ENOUGH TO SAY "ROBOT" IS A WORD AND WE HAVE DISCUSSED WORDS UNDER THE GLOBAL MIND AND THE USE OF WORDS.

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NEW APPLICATIONS SUCH AS WEB-CRAWLERS, CHATTERBOTS AND MANY OTHERS HAVE EXPANDED THE APPLICABILITY OF THE WORD ROBOT AS DEVELOPMENT PROGRESSED .

FOR A SENSIBLE DISCUSSION ABOUT THE EMERGENCE OF AN ARTIFICIAL GLOBAL MIND ON THE INTERNET SOME INSIGHT IN "ROBOTS" IS ESSENTIAL .

FOR THIS REASON WE HAVE PREPARED A PAGE WITH LINK CLUSTERS TO SITES ABOUT ROBOTS INCLUDING LINKS TO ROBOTS YOU CAN CHAT WITH (SO CALLED CHATTERBOTS) .

WE BELIEVE THAT TRANSLATION COMPUTERS COULD ALSO BE DEFINED AS A FORM OF ARTIFICIAL/ROBOTIC INTELLIGENCE WHICH IS ONE REASON WHY WE HAVE INCLUDED SO MANY COMPUTER TRANSLATIONS ON THIS WEB-SITE. THEY CLEARLY ILLUSTRATE THE CONSIDERABLE LIMITATIONS OF THIS TECHNOLOGY AT THIS POINT IN TIME BUT ALSO ITS INCREDIBLE POTENTIAL . . .

OF COURSE IT MUST BE EMPHASIZED THAT THESE ARE ALL ROBOTIC DEVELOPMENTS THAT ARE ACCESSIBLE TO THE GENERAL (ONLINE) PUBLIC. IT MAY BE ASSUMED HOWEVER THAT THERE ARE MANY DEVELOPMENTS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND OTHER ROBOTS WHICH ARE OF A CLASSIFIED NATURE. THESE WOULD PROBABLY INCLUDE STRATEGY RESULT PREDICTORS BASED ON VON NEUMAN GAME PRINCIPLES WHICH COULD ALLOW LARGE MALIGNANT SYSTEMS SUCH AS POWERFUL MALIGNANT STATES AND MALIGNANT CORPORATIONS TO DEVELOP COVERT STRATEGIES LEADING TO IMMEASURABLE PROFITS FOR A HANDFUL OF INSIDERS, ULTIMATELY AT THE (MORTAL) COST OF THE REMAINDER OF OUR SPECIES . . .

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