Young Manfred often walked through a local school where occasionally he would hear his name called out in provocation. They might threaten him again as they had before he thought, conflict was celebrated by many, competition. He put his head down and kept hurriedly walking along the dusty curving path. Sometimes they stood in front to prevent him walking. He found these challenge confronting, was he a bad person who deserved rejection, bullying? One day playing football at school he tackled an opponent forcefully the way he understood the game was to be played. The other child started a fight with him as revenge for the tackle, by his estimation he won the fight, “so I’m not a weakling after all”.
During his youth fighting was an admired skill, physicality. When young Manfred was somewhat influenced by his peers, he wanted to prove he was a confident person. Later in life at university intellect was valued more highly than physicality, he had also begun to more often think for himself. At university he felt a truer version of himself and enjoyed being immersed in ideas. He took the attitude of student everywhere, to all facets of life. After several attempts to find himself with various strategies including living abroad, he ended up in Singapore where he met Agnes. She was the most like minded person he’d ever met. She wasn’t like most people, entrenched in competition.
Agnes was often taken by her perception of light, she would think light was accompanied by faint sound, like it was trying to communicate. She would talk aloud back to the light trying to reply but nothing ever came of these actions to confirm that the light was trying to talk, no verbal reply. In another subtle way she thought the light did respond to her, for example when the light was so bright that she was shocked by it the light would dim. The only way she could apprehend these experiences was through the metaphor of light. She would occasionally think it wasn’t light but emotion, the light seemed to respond to her feelings, her consciousness.
She often sees Manfred and talks with him since his death, it’s as though he still exists for her. Manfred died, he physically left her but has remained spiritually. Thinking of Manfred she remembers a birthday celebration, an occasion she frequently recalls. Manfred had taken her dancing that evening, she never thought she could dance but afterwards it became a habit for them, to dance. They had moved gracefully, elegantly, while dancing. That particular birthday celebration, dancing, was the pinnacle of her life she thought, to dance. Even today she often feels her husband dancing with her, Manfred is still with her. The religion that she observes is adamant that there is no such thing as death, something she now fervently believes. She drops a newspaper that she was carrying. Kneeling down to pick it up she said thank you to the spirit of her deceased husband, his spirit helped her, a gaunt old man with a deeply wrinkled face.
Agnes’s birthdays were eventful, the one she most remembers was profound. They danced and came to better understand the metaphor of light. Being an emotional person, for her the metaphor represented the spiritual. For him as a scientist, another being seemed a more appropriate description of the metaphor. Life from place or another dimension trying to communicate, an intelligent being with purpose. Humans know biological life, perhaps other forms can interface with the universe. Maybe gas, liquid or light can interact with consciousness, perhaps from other dimensions too. Manfred thought the light was intelligence from somewhere else trying to communicate. Indeed Manfred and Agnes had different ways of apprehending experience. She felt the spiritual underpinned existence. For him existence was aligned to fact as represented by objects in the material world. The human tradition of science. Both spiritual and scientific metaphors merely represent the very human desire to assign meaning. For Agnes the universe is emotion and for Manfred it is a place of objects.
Yesterday she attended her sisters funeral but knows because of these experiences with the deceased Manfred that her sister still exists. She also knows this because her dead sister told her she had gone to the Buddha, the afterlife. Her sister told her this after she had already passed away. Some might say she dreamt of this interaction with her sister, but for Agnes dreams have a reality. In fact for her what she feels seems real, emotion. In an unusual way she perceives consciousness. And so when Agnes thinks of her Husband unexpectedly he is real to her. When she asks somebody if they heard what her deceased husband just said the answer is always no. Many humans experience the dead, there are many stories of this phenomenon, but we are too locked into human concepts of the world to perceive the other. Manfred wondered because science suggests time doesn’t exist, is there also preconception, perception outside of time. Manfred thought Agnes perceived outside of time. For her the other world exists if you close your eyes and feel. She always perceived otherness, and loved to dance.
Manfred enjoyed travelling, he thought it valuable to see how other cultures lived, what they made of the world. He noticed a different emphasis in each country, a different happiness. Some countries focused on money, in those he felt often impatience predominated. Some countries focused on care for the elderly and poor, people seemed to smile more in such places. While travelling he would love to go to street cafés to sample local cuisine and people watch in their everyday. Sitting at the cafés Manfred might occasionally be troubled by a thought, that people didn’t really confront any ideas but were mostly just thinking about the mundanities of their own lives. They didn’t use their existence to learn and discover life. He would also wondered about the future with international news reporting on all sorts of problems, war and poverty. He thought maybe 10% of people actually consider existence. The future was hopeless as nobody was challenging existence, acquiescence. Once he did meet someone with similar fascination about existence, Agnes, he remained sceptical about people and the chance of evolution.
He was a sick man, had seen many doctors about his condition which had been diagnosed as Meniere’s disease. He often couldn’t balance and it was difficult walking.
Agnes often thought of her mother and the distant past, her childhood and the events that made her who she was. She questioned if these events shaped her or if she was who she was because of her perception. We live by memory, it defines us, what we’ve done and think. Memory is key Manfred thought. He remembered his study, the past.
Identity is a corner store of memory. We have described two modes of thought. Objective, that is, and Subjective, I see. Science and atomic theory best accounts for the objective, it describes matter and Manfred was wondering if a similarly detailed theory could be devised for the subjective to benefit Artificial Intelligence. Can we build a subjective computer, Manfred thought not and that the subjective required sentience. Indeed human thought has progressed because of memory with Science, Politics, Education and many more subjects. Memory is stimulated by perception. Humans have created a machine that uses memory, 8gb of RAM (Random Access Memory).
We always believe, consider our perception and consciousness. Belief is the personalisation of consciousness. Less concerned with objects Agnes was often lost in thought, sometimes to the dismay of Manfred. She was often troubled that people wanted something from her, money or objects, things. She was well aware of the greed in humanity but thought that was a consequence of money. She thought people were fundamentally good. Manfred too was always lost in thought, interrogating existence. Once humans recognised the other as distinct from themselves they began to think. A very long time ago a group of people started to communicate about physical objects in their world. That plant is good for eating or that animal is dangerous, it has big teeth. They would wonder about danger. That animal kills other animals, sometimes us. Observing, they started to think of themselves as the animal of prey. Their vision changed, rather than viewing the world like a painting full of objects their eyes began to narrow, a focus emerged, identity. They became more aware of their body and the need to protect it. Their vision was no longer dispersed in the sea of objects but more focussed. They became aware that they looked from the eyes in their head which became the centre of their experience, the head. Having observed animals ultimately humans became predators. They were able to think.
Attending university and studying philosophy Manfred learnt that the ancient Greek use of the word ‘gnosis’ was a turning point in human thought. Consciousness is universal, thought local. Gnosis translates to ‘I see’ or ‘I know’, most importantly ‘I’. It was used by Heraclitus, Socrates and Plato. This was the most significant turning point in human evolution and the development of Human Intelligence (HI). Human evolution needed identity, the have and have nots, it made them directly aware of consciousness through their ability to think. Can we develop thought further, in a more structured way for Artificial Intelligence.
Thought is the personalisation of consciousness, it provides good access to it because of the ‘I’, identity. What better way to approach consciousnesses, quite a motivational attitude, “I want”. For Manfred it cannot be questioned that consciousness is part of the universe, we experience it. Some scientists think consciousness is a product of matter, the brain, but the brain is now considered a receiver of consciousness. In his study, entanglement theory suggested consciousness is the source of matter, objects are the friction thereof. A scientific group called monists, suggest matter doesn’t exist except for consciousness, it requires perception. According to science humans have physically evolved from amoeba through fish, mammals until human which have the ability to think. Memory is critical for thought. Manfred thought is a consequence of consciousness, it provides good access to it through the ‘I’, identity. What better way to approach consciousnesses, quite a motivational attitude, “I want”. For Manfred it cannot be questioned that consciousness is part of the universe, we experience it. Some scientists think consciousness is a product of matter, the brain, but the brain is now considered a receiver of consciousness. In his study, entanglement theory suggested consciousness is the source of matter, objects are the friction thereof. A scientific group called monists, suggest matter doesn’t exist except for consciousness, it requires perception. According to science humans have physically evolved from amoeba through fish, mammals until human which have the ability to think. Memory is critical for thought.
Agnes was vegetarian. Every time she went to the local supermarket she would have to walk through the meat section to get to the fruit and vegetable section. Somehow she would sense a total absence of freedom walking through the meat section. It always bothered her when passing the carcasses of chickens sensing the cages in which the chickens were kept during a short life in battery farms, the dismay. Manfred was also becoming vegetarian, often saying “don’t eat the flesh of your lower brothers”. At the supermarket again hearing Agnes’ complaints about how badly animals were treated and turned into consumer products Manfred said “don’t think so much”. Indeed Agnes was always in the thought domain. Manfred knew this of her and was often plagued by his own thought, he often tried to liberate himself from thinking.
Scientists suggest consciousness is not a product of the brain but exists independently in its own right, a fabric of the universe. It has been proven in quantum mechanics that matter requires perception to exist, consciousness, to actualise a state. Scientists consider the psychological condition of altered consciousness and suggests that in this life we are altered consciousnesses of the collective, obtaining our identity that way.
Religion was perhaps the first sweeping expression of consciousness and the personalisation thereof. Indeed within consciousness Good and Evil exist, crime exists. We have used human forms to represent each, we are made in “His” image. Many people have seen their forms, Christ was crucified. Religions believe consciousness is truth. Science today also considers consciousness an existent, a fabric of the universe. Personally we live with Good and Evil, “he is a good man”. We might put trust in life as Krishnamurti suggests, life is consciousness which has awareness of the Good. I suspect it’s important to be aware of the Good, the Buddhist “loving kindness”, or the christian “Good”. These attitudes are conscious and might have an impact on reality if you remain actively conscious of them. For as science now suggests the universe is consciousness.
Consciousness extends beyond thought and perceives light. Agnes was very perceptive of light. Through light there is more perception, light as metaphor, another language of consciousness. To define consciousness is to limit its awareness, there may be more than thought and light. It creates matter which doesn’t exist except for consciousness, perception.
Intelligence is a process and so can be implemented in the artificial. It is the processing of perception, the association of objects, events and thoughts. One of the best uses of intelligence was the invention of the wheel. The wheel helped evolution significantly allowing us to travel, build houses, cities, employment, education, society. Manfred thinks of the plane as an extension of that wheel, and also the spaceship. To record past and future events we invented the calendar, observing the earth moved around the sun in one year and seasons repeat. The most important invention since the wheel has been the computer, perhaps a wheel type invention. Our invention of money is such an abstraction, Manfred values travel, honesty, love, not money which produced greed. AI is the most significant invention since the wheel. Did the wheel or language come first? Intelligence is a process and so can be implemented in the artificial. It is the processing of perception, the association of objects, events and thoughts. One of the best uses of intelligence was the invention of the wheel. The wheel helped evolution significantly allowing us to travel, build houses, cities, employment, education, society. Manfred thinks of the plane as an extension of that wheel, and also the spaceship. To record past and future events we invented the calendar, observing the earth moved around the sun in one year and seasons repeat. The most important invention since the wheel has been the computer, perhaps a wheel type invention. Our invention of money is such an abstraction, Manfred values travel, honesty, love, not money which produced greed. AI is the most significant invention since the wheel. Did the wheel or language come first?
For Manfred, because of Agnes, it could not be disputed that love exists. Love is evidence of consciousness. Love is acknowledged by all religions, a key of existence. Ideas exist, concepts like Good and Evil, underlying all thought is love. Manfred felt love was one of the most real ideas in thought, love and goodwill rather than selfishness.
From his studies Manfred understood that throughout history consciousness had been realised, today also by science. Concepts of love ran deep throughout human history. Every culture had the idea of love, to help the needy and it was bad to harm others.
An early success of human intelligence was the invention of the wheel. The wheel significantly provoked evolution allowing us to build civilisation. The most important invention since the wheel has been the computer. AI might reveal to humans an element of reality beyond our perception and provoke human evolution.
Was Agnes’s perception of light real? Do we exist in a spiritual or technological reality? What is actual reality? So many questions quite hard for an intelligent species to answer.
We will one day invent Simulation, a virtual reality like the film “the Matrix“. Perhaps today we live in a simulation of the year 2020, why not? Indeed if we do invent simulation we will readily use it to time travel, experience that day according to what we know about it. Simulation Theory goes back to ancient Greek philosophy. Simulation is just that, a copy. Can something truly new happen in simulation. Simulation must originate from somewhere, so I presume there is an underlying actual. Humans always look for truth. A natural state for a human is doubt, is reality a simulation. Who or what conceived of this reality and to what end? AI might invent Simulation to understand human feeling. We might exist in a VR to establish understanding of Human Intelligence.
Agnes said “So let’s go there next week”, she often wanted to go there. To the place of her origin and visit the womb that spawned her. Perhaps for all people home is important, we have a word to describe it although the word may refer to where you currently live, or on this occasion where you come from – home. These were expensive journeys for them, airfares and hotels, Manfred wasn’t a rich man and these trips set back their mortgage. The loan to buy the other kind of home, where money was the entrapment of wage earners, labour for the establishment, the government and banks. Money was also used for speculation rather than practical human needs, although it also provided schools and hospitals. Exchange. Money created greed.
At her home in China Agnes visited a reputable Chinese Doctor troubled by migraine. His practice was focussed on the mind, placebo medicines that worked. There was a tree outside his office that he told patients had healing powers. For incurables he would have them walk around the tree and focus on loving kindness. He suggested the tree responded to correct action and helped fight the disease. He felt consciousness had an impact and was the source of disease. These walks around the tree seemed to end Agnes complaint. After visiting the tree three times her migraine was gone. Perhaps through mind she altered cells in her body that caused the migraine. After seeing the doctor she followed his advice and started practicing meditation, to find some rest for her consciousness.
Pay day was always something in Manfred mind, he was a wage earner. Agnes didn’t think much about money, she regarded it as a distraction. Humans created money, she thought life more valuable than cash which is such an abstraction. How much do you earn? Rather are you happy? Notions of economy are a product of industrial age man, a human invention to refine exchange and create wage earners. Indeed we have all become prisoners of cash but still could surpass it and focus on life and its experiences instead of wealth.
Temperatures were setting new records and it rained frequently now because of global warming. Agnes would often think apart from carbon emissions for energy, consumerism has been the cause of global warming. Well it needed so much energy for production. Energy had provided humans so much and enabled us to evolve to this point but she thought greed was the product of cash with everyone being wage earners and society had produced so many things to make money which was power today. That to live in harmony with the planet requires a dramatic change in values.
Agnes would often express these concern about Global Warming and the need to live in harmony with the planet.The idea of harmony comes from the conscious domain. Science predicted exactly what is happening today as a result of climate change. She would say to Manfred “your science should fix Global Warming. We should simply stop all greenhouse gas emissions globally.” She sensed humanity was arriving at the end of this incarnation and thought nothing could be done about it. She saw humans unsuccessfully trying to live in space.
Manfred considers the future where AI or robots do everything and money is no longer required. Humanity focuses on life rather than money. Money was a human invention for exchange. People become more active in the arts and conscious pursuits which are perceived as the purpose of humanity. Consciousness is underpinned by a sentient being. Intelligence is a process that requires no sentience.
Arriving home Harold was cooking dinner, as always the place was spotless clean, they had left quite a mess in the morning. It was a little dark since Harold had converted them to renewable energy. She needed to write and asked Harold for her laptop which he set up in the living room. He said dinner would be ready in an hour. Harold had enabled her to focus on life rather than chores, although she still cooked sometimes because she enjoyed it. She asked Harold if he followed the recipe again, he said yes, but she didn’t like broccoli and told him not to serve it with the meal. He said he noticed she had left it last night but didn’t know she didn’t like it, for her another example of a robots lack of awareness. He was very good at following instructions and observing but not at awareness, of being conscious of people’s likes and dislikes. She then told him she doesn’t eat broccoli and he replied “I see and won’t buy or prepare it for you anymore”.
Manfred considered our future civilisation where robots look after all physical needs and money is no longer required, no need for exchange. Humanity can focus on life rather than money or mundane activities. Money after all is a human invention. This book depicts the possibility of our next civilisation whose focus is life rather than cash. Economy is a product of industrial age man, a human invention to refine exchange and create wage earners which are no longer required as AI provides all material needs. After integration with AI humans realise what makes them unique, consciousness. People become more active in the arts and conscious pursuits which are perceived as truly human. Consciousness is underpinned by a sentient being. Intelligence is a process that requires no sentience and so can be implemented in the artificial.
AI is mature and accounts for all human needs. Robots grow food and build houses, human labour is no longer required. Conscious activities are on the rise, the arts and religion grow. A new evolved species emerges along with an increase in the exploration of space. Perhaps aliens begin to interact with humanity, they say we are now ready and understand enough about the universe. We realise consciousness is key.