Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence
Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence
Concepts & Approaches
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate some of the aspects and potentials of Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence. Some of the of the ideas & concepts presented come from the mere imagination & knowledge of the author. Many of which are not practically proven and can potentially be hazardous. In addition, the following content may not be suitable for some audience. So attention is advised.
Author’s Note: Although some of the design concepts and approaches mentioned in this paper come purely from my imagination. And so far my research did not bring up any similar experimentations or products using the same ideas. I acknowledge the possibility of someone else who might have presented those concepts and approaches. Should that be the case, I shall be more than willing to use attributions and citations as appropriate.
The concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for a while. In fact, we see it within many aspects of our daily lives. From smart phones to laptop computers to large machinery. In the 21st century, the world has become more dependent on AI than ever. For the simple fact that it can accomplish certain tasks more accurately. However, the more we relied on such technologies, the more questions rise on how far it can go. And whether it will eventually impose risks on us. Another, more optimistic point of view, focuses on the potential that can be gained by the objective utilization of AI. This paper presents some concept ideas which incorporate AI technologies.
Television, that fascinating magical box. Who could have ever imagined that someday we will have a real-life Magic Mirror? One that can generate pictures from anywhere? I remember a story my grandmother told me once about televisions were first brought to her town According to my grandmother, the idea caused much confusion and superstition. With some speculating that the technology used was so superior it could actually ‘shrink’ people and place them inside of the screen. While others were claiming that the device was possessed by the ‘devil’. Eventually color television came about. A rumor went by saying that not only people will be able to see news anchors, but they will also be able to see what color they were wearing. Back then people were more astonished by the idea of visual broadcasting than the material they’re watching.
The following video shows a brief history of televisions and how they came about:
Now, imagine if you lived back then. Without knowing what you know today, would you have thought that there might be a room for improvement? Or would you have simply thought that the technology used was as far as it can go?
It’s been almost a century since the the creation of the television. And one must acknowledge the significant improvement in the TV industry over the past decades.Today, we have smart televisions that are capable of producing 4K image. We also have TVs capable of producing 3D images. In the next video, you will be given a brief idea on how much hardware has improved since the invention of T.V.
Transmission itself has seen great improvement in the past decades. We now have methods to transmit high definition feed using satellites almost instantly. And instead of being restricted to a handful of channels, digital transmission has made it possible to have access to thousands of different channels. Furthermore, it is not possible to watch your favorite television programs on demand whenever you want, so you no longer have to wait for your favorite TV show.
And now that we’re here, let us ask ourselves the same question when we were standing next to John Logie Baird when he first powered on his television. How far can we push this trend?
Thanks to the internet, you can now find pages upon pages of futuristic concepts. Some may look a bit farfetched, others may not be much different than what we already have. During the past decade or so, I have formed a special interest when it comes to Artificial Intelligence and how it can be incorporated. Eventually I thought of a concept which I like to call ‘Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence’ or in short, ‘SPAI’.
SPAI concept is basically the incorporation of an advanced form of AI that is capable of modifying, and even re-writing itself. Either based on the user experience or independently. To elaborate the concept further I am going to use an animated program as a model. Think of an animated media that you like, say “Tom & Jerry”. Of course you either play it forwards or backwards. But how about we add more dimensions to it? Perhaps upwards of downwards?! This can be done by empowering SPAI or Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence client to modify each frame. Giving each user a unique experience of the media every time the play it in a virtually limitless capacity.
Think of this concept like a butterfly effect. You set the motion and let the Artificial Intelligence use its own capabilities to generate content. This would be based on the rules and guidelines which you design and outline for it. In other words, this will not cripple human creativity like some might think. In fact, this should boost creativity by allowing people to experience virtually endless possibilities . Reminding me of John Conway’s Game of Life.
If you are not familiar with the game, Conway’s Game of Life is a simple animation game where the participant sets the initial state of small units ‘cells’. Allowing them to interact with one another using a set of rules There are four basic rules to govern cells behavior. The first rule governs that any cell with less than two neighboring cells die from ‘solitude’. The second governs that any cell with two to three neighboring cells survives to the next level. The third rule governs that any cell that winds up with more than three neighboring cells dies from ‘overpopulation’, and lastly, any dead cell with exactly three neighboring cells becomes live again due to ‘reproduction’. You can find out more about the game of life here: http://www.bitstorm.org/gameoflife/
The idea of SPAI can use a similar butterfly concept. Except instead of setting your own rules, you can empower the AI to modify the source code in any way, shape, or form. This means that the movie plot will be undecided when you hit the play button. In other words, the characters within the game of or the video you’re watching will be ‘thinking’ of how the story should go. Using a butterfly effect system which can produce different results and endings on each time. Think of it like an open world video game. With its own logic and decision making process changing and modifying elements automatically. While each element in the game has its own intelligence and decision-making process.
I am guessing that you’re probably also thinking of projects which are already here such as open world games. Open world games serve as a great example to demonstrate the concept of integrating AI in a large scale in order to enrich the user experience. Here’s a little history lesson about open world games:
Strangely though, the game that is most related to SPAI in the list was The Elder Scrolls. Chapter One: The Arena from 1994. Where the world is randomly generated by an AI engine. Of course, some people may be thinking that the concept of Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence can negatively impact creativity. But in my humble opinion, it will actually boost human creativity by providing people with the ability to create new worlds. And be able to create Infinite Worlds instead of open ones.
As you can clearly see in the video, video games are heavily invested in Artificial Intelligence. However, the levels of AI are still much lower than anticipated. And human intervention is still heavily required in the process. And while video gaming AI has made some remarkable improvements, I believe we are still far from achieving a fully potential of Artificial Intelligence.
There were also attempts to bring interactive experiences to the television screen, but none of them was interesting enough to the audience like standard T.V.
The above video reminds me of a storybook I have come across as a child. At first I thought it will be just like any standard book. Only to be surprised by being asked to make a choice between skipping to two different sections of the book to achieve different endings. This made me fascinated by the concept of interactive books. Of course back then there were no tablet computers such as the ipad and Amazon Kindle to experience more. Some years down the road I was introduced to the concept of multi endings in video games. Where your decisions throughout the game can determine which end your gaming session comes to. This has made my fascination of the concept become even more profound.
The idea of using SPAI to further improve the entertainment experience has some great potential to expand the industry. For example, imagine a combination between a video game and a T.V. series where each user has the ability to have a complete unique experience each time. And with the help of Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence, users can experience endless possibilities to influence content. This can be established by emerging the interactivity and choice-making in gaming. With the linear structure and stable environment of videos, resulting in one special experience.
But does this mean that we can only apply this concept to animated content?? Well, with the rate things are going, it will be just a matter of time before a 100% realistic 3D graphics emerges. In fact, there are already some animated videos out there which look astonishingly real. Take a look at the following video.
After watching the previous video, imagine what can be done if we apply SPAI to realistic models. How remarkable would it be if we empower this guy to think for himself and create different scenarios for a single media? Think of how fascinating it would become when we create an entire media genre using this technology? And also be able to create entire universes on the cloud which can extend limitlessly?
Of course, if you have some knowledge in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), you’ve probably caught a few limitations One is storage. For despite of how big they are, they still have a finite space? The answer to this is DNA storage.
DNA storage is the latest trend of data storage. You may have or have not heard of it. It’s simple, Deoxyribonucleic acid, commonly known as DNA, is a long sequence of chemicals which are uniquely arranged to identify cell. While digital data is a long sequence of binary code which are used by the computer to identify the file. This means that if we wanted to store digital data in a DNA sequence. All we have to do is place the ones in zeros in the DNA sequence. Easy right? Wrong. The actual process of doing this is complex and costly. However, scientists are working on that, and it will not be too long before it becomes easy to obtain.
Okay, all good so far. But how is DNA storage going to help us store an endless amount of data? Well, the answer is that DNA is capable of storing much much more data than traditional HDDs To put this into scale, one should be able virtually store 150,000 traditional disks in a DNA sequence the size of a thumb drive. Now, imagine what can we store if we had DNA storage units the size of current servers?
Yet still, no matter how big our new hard drives were, it still has a limit. So how can we store limitless media inside of them? Well, the idea of Self Progressive Media is to give different experiences every time. So basically it will be similar to a box of lego pieces. Where you can use to make different shapes and models without using more space. In other words, we do not have to keep every piece of data we generate using SPAI. Instead, we can create ‘loops’ for it to evolve.
The idea of incorporating DNA storage will not only provide more space. But it will last much longer and is more friendly to the environment.. After all, as innovators we need come up with clean and sustainable solutions right away. Instead of first modeling an impractical one and redo it. While damaging the environment.
Another question facing the future of Self Progressive Artificial Intelligence is the amount of processing it needs to humans. So far, AI is still no match for humans when it comes to common sense. You can read more here:http://hooterbay.com/2016/05/29/are-ai-machines-close-to-matching-humans/. So how can we approach this problem? Well, the answer may lie in Quantum Computing.
As the name suggests, quantum computing uses quantum mechanics. A branch of physics concerning the behavior of individual matter. Quantum mechanics suggest that elementary particles such as atoms and electrons tend to behave using different laws than we recognize. For example, an atom can behave in a bunch of different ways at the same time on the microscopic level. Unlike a classical size object which operates only at the given time and position. In other words, you will have many more possibilities to generate on the quantum level. This means that if we could somehow merge Quantum Mechanics with SPAI, the product will be something powerful.
Now, imagine if we take everything we’ve discussed so far and apply it to the concepts of Virtual and Augmented Reality? Read more about this here: http://hooterbay.com/2016/06/01/virtual-reality-360-video-make-use/. How do you think SPAI can be integrated into Virtual and Augmented reality? And how much more can we gain if we could bring ourselves even more close to a world with endless potential? I believe the only limitation would be our own imagination.