[extropy-chat] A future fit to live in?
Thomas at thomasoliver.net
Sun Jan 14 04:31:18 UTC 2007
Jef Allbright wrote:
> [...] So all the way from single-celled organisms, through quite
> complex vertebrates, to organisms that could reflectively model their
> own actions for improved powers of prediction and control, even to
> groups of organisms acting as a kind of superorganism that could
> together work better than any number of individual organisms working
> separately--all that was happening, every step of the way, was a kind
> of feedback loop with each organism trying to affect change in its
> future environment to make it more closely match the values in
> its internal model. Some of the adaptations had side-effects, some
> bad, some good in unexpected new ways. The adaptation that provided
> an organism with reflexive modeling lead to qualitatively new
> capabilities allowing those organisms to affect their enviroment in
> powerful (and dangerous) new ways (and also lead to a significant
> amount of wasted effort (which they called philosophizing) as the
> model tried to model itself in ways that made sense to its
> pre-existing set of values.
> What a simple way of describing the origins of complex behaviors! No
> goals or supergoals to pull things along in any predetermined
> direction. Just blind execution of a system that simply tries to
> minimize the difference between what it senses in its environment and
> encoded information about what tended to work in the past, tending to
> adapt in the direction of what works over increasing scope.
> - Jef
I think Mark Tilden' <http://www.exhibitresearch.com/tilden/>s work
supports this and think you deserve a charter membership in the Cult of
the Infinite Feedback Loop. : ) -- Thomas
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