Noetitek Intelligence Augmentation™

Noetitek™ is not an “expert system” or other form of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Instead, a new concept and path of technological development has been invented through its use:  Noetitek Intelligence Augmentation™ (NIA).

NIA encompasses the development of new technologies employing Noetitek™ insights. Some of those technologies are meta-level and discussed elsewhere in our postings. Some of those technological applications will be cybernetic. For example, we envision a small IA device to help ensure the survival of future space explorers. The device will use the principles embedded in The Noetitek System™ to expand the range of human perception to enable space explorers to make rapid and thorough assessments of apparent anomalies and other new/“alien” stimuli. Funding is needed to advance this emerging project.

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13 Responses to “Noetitek Intelligence Augmentation™”

  1. Stan Q. Says:

    I read an article in “Discover” magazine, this month’s issue, where it said that a philosopher at the University of Edinburgh has referred to humans as “natural born cyborgs” because we have a long history of extending our abilities through tool-use, to the degree that our tools become part of us. Isn’t this device you’re working on taking us a giant step towards the kind of nightmarish future portrayed in movies like Terminator?

  2. PluribusOne™ Says:

    Using PCs, cell phones, PDAs, and GPS devices has facilitated expression of our humanness as goal seeking creatures; it has not diminished us as sentient beings or limited our freedom—to the contrary. In a sense, humans using such technologies have effectively evolved a half-step beyond Homo sapiens to a higher but still flesh-and-blood life-form. Cell phone technology, for example, is close to mental telepathy in terms of advantages, and it offers more privacy. Flying in a plane is close to having wings, and who would really want to have wings? The Terminator movies portray a future where short-sighted humans find themselves pitted against highly evolved artificial intelligence (AI) machines—robots, not cyborgs (cybernetic organisms). The device I have on the drawing board is based on “intelligence augmentation” (IA). To work, the device, whether worn or implanted, will require a human brain and nervous system. PluribusOne’s goal is to help speed development to our next evolutionary stage where we can be more self-reliant, more self-aware, more sensitive to our connection with the cosmos and to other forms of life, and much more empowered than any rogue robot.

  3. PeaceTrainer Says:

    Science fiction writers are often visionaries. Jules Verne comes to mind as an almost prophetic writer, and Arthur Clarke. Not only the Terminator movies but also The Matrix and others seem to have that visionary quality and the message is disturbing especially considering that it’s a reality already in play. To deal with free-thinking androids we’ll need IA to stay a step ahead.

  4. Stark Raven Says:

    From what I have read, it seems to me that IA is mostly a reconceptualizing of AI, or a branch of AI–robotics. For example, IA has been used at MIT to describe something that monitors your environment to let you know you need more milk in the fridge or suggest a restaurant in town that may have the kind of pizza you like. This doesn’t seem much more advanced conceptually than the gas gauge in my car, or features available through my GPS. I suppose these can be seen as “augmenting” my intelligence but it seems very mechanical. In other words, how does IA represent a breakthrough in human perception?

  5. PluribusOne™ Says:

    The Noetitek™ approach to IA is not via an “expert system” nor via a software “agent,” nor does it serve to robotically perform tasks a person would or could normally perform using no tools or different tools. In other words, NIA is not focused on doing mental or mind-body tasks faster or more conveniently. The root of the word augmentation is “aug” which means “to increase or prosper;” therefore, in proper usage, “intelligence augmentation” refers to increasing intelligence, even expanding consciousness, not just processing data inputs in a special way in order to tailor informational outputs and, perhaps, amplify or extend intelligence. That’s our view.

  6. Stan Q. Says:

    I was re-reading my earlier comments as well as those above, and I have been doing some research toward possibility aligning myself with this IA device you mention to aid space exploration. For one thing, it occurred to me that we are getting close to actually colonizing the Moon due to the recent NASA experiment that makes it clear that there is water on the Moon. And after just reading your post on “The Flavor of 2010” and the propspect of a new Renaissance, I watched a set of DVDs produced by the Medici Foundation that examines the Renaissance that followed medieval days. Among other things I heard such reminders as “science is a conservative enterprise,” which I interpret as meaning that science can present its own worst impediments, but what made me think about your idea for the IA device for space exploration was when I realized another value of the such a device because it was another technological instrument related to space exploration called the telescope that proved beyond a doubt the theory of Copernicus. I’m sure you realize that such a device would speed the wider acceptance of your Noetitek system.

  7. Stark Raven Says:

    Based on a December, 2009 news report, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has apparently scrapped AI in favor of IA. Perhaps they were influenced by your February, 2009 post.

    See:
    http://www.boingboing.net/2009/12/11/artificial-intellige-1.html.

  8. PluribusOne™ Says:

    The term “artificial intelligence” has always been a misnomer and oxymoron—intelligence cannot be artificial. The “Turning test” is an absurdity. Consciousness permeates Omniverse, but intelligence only inhabits bio-forms. AI machines are cybernetic extensions of the creatures that make them; the AI machine has no intelligence of it own. There is more to an intelligent entity than mind, memory, and body.

    I read the article which is titled, “Artificial Intelligence Reborn at MIT.” It mentions the development of a dual-purpose system to serve as: (1) a “cognitive assistive system,” and (2) a “brain augmentation” system. As I understand it, the first application is aimed at developing a brain co-processor, a cranial prosthetic of sorts, to fill-in-the-blanks for people with cognitive (memory access) disorders. The second application is aimed at enhancing the information processing ability of anyone by interfacing their brain to the internet and external databases. Those applications are “horizontal” in their augmentation potentials whereas Noetitek™ Intelligence Augmentation™ is “vertical” because we are addressing the expansion of intelligence, perceptual ability, as compared to expanding the brain as a library or correcting library access deficits. The MIT projects mentioned in the article will not create, expand the range of, or increase human intelligence.

  9. PluribusOne™ Says:

    For the record, on March 30, 2010, at about 9 a.m., thanks to an amazing dream earlier in the morning, I completed the design and prototype for the Noetitek Intelligence Augmentation™ device. In addition to what it is and does, this final piece marks an exciting design science breakthrough because the device now weighs less than a credit card, has no moving parts, and is powered bio-electrically!

    Over the past year I have self-funded this in the same manner that I self-funded all other projects. At this time I am looking for advice and assistance from someone who can help me sell this to NASA. This may be someone who has sold innovative products to NASA in the past, or someone who is or has been employed in the applicable department at NASA. If you think you are that person, email me at eastwood@PluribusOne.com.

  10. Sandi Says:

    I read an article today that says some robots can think. It reminded me of the computer in the movie 2001 Space Odyssey that became mentally ill. It was fiction but pretty convincing regarding the possibilities for maybe 3001. The article was comparing the intelligence of some robots to the intelligence of small children and they were saying that by developing robots we may learn more about the psychology of humans. They were also saying that robots will take over a lot of jobs now performed by humans. What are your thoughts?

  11. PluribusOne™ Says:

    No robot can think. A robot has no more actual intelligence than the proverbial bag of doorknobs. The H.A.L. computer in the movie “2001—a Space Odyssey” was running conflicted programs, programs designed by humans for whom the computer and related equipment were remote cybernetic extensions. H.A.L. only mimicked a thought process, yet there were moviegoers who wept when “he” was destroyed in the sequel “2010.” When your laptop computer dies, do you weep for any reason other than the cost of a new one?

    To compare the thinking abilities of children to the artificial thinking of even the most sophisticated and useful robot is an insult to all children and, in my opinion, it should be considered a form of child abuse to promote that idea because too many adults are already inclined to treat children no better than they would a robot.

    Robots are old news. My patio furniture can “sense” and respond to the movement of the Sun. My toaster “knows” the difference between a slice of bread and a bagel. My alarm system “detects” a window opened without my authorization. My car “makes decisions” to hold its speed at whatever limit I command. I can write about these gadgets as if they have brains, but they do not, in fact, have any intelligence beyond that of a vibrating sex toy. Whatever the level of intelligence involved in a robot’s operation, it resides in the heads of their inventors and users, period.

    Will robots take over jobs held by humans? If that was what the article was asking, someone is already living on Mars. The dishwashing machine washes dishes. Elevators no longer have human operators. Toll takers have already been replaced in droves by “easy pass” equipment, along with supermarket cashiers. Automobiles are partly assembled by robots. The list began a very long time ago and, yes, it will go on—and this is excellent news. I Pro-Robot. Hopefully, one day everything that can be done by a robot will be done by a robot, freeing human beings to spend more time developing their ACTUAL intelligence which, even in those future days, will not be resident in a robot.

    If there is ever to be a robot rebellion, it will be nothing more than chaos wrought by human beings via machines. Or does my toaster sometimes burn the bread because it gets angry when I fail to empty the crumb drawer frequently enough?

  12. Valiant Says:

    I just read an article that discussed the augmentation of human intelligence through the ordinary use of the internet. It also mentioned LSD as a means to augment intelligence. What do you think about these claims?

  13. PluribusOne™ Says:

    My comment above still stands with regard to the internet and the personal computer (PC) in general—together they can extend human intelligence (make horizontal connections), similar to the earlier and more primitive approaches: cave art, printed material, chalk-boards, flowchart “cookbooks” to aid problem-solving, flowchart-like “expert systems,” and other such communicative methods and mediums for sharing data, information, and knowledge. But they do not increase intelligence. Data, information, and knowledge may increase through their use but not “intelligence.” When the CIA, for example, uses the term ‘intelligence” when referring to a secret report, this is not true intelligence—such report supplies data, information, and, possibly, knowledge, but it does not supply increased intelligence.

    LSD is another matter, one on which we have no personal experience and, therefore, cannot comment on authoritatively. Yet, by all reports we have received over the past fifty years, LSD might boost the intelligence of some users vertically, at least in the first use, if for no other reason than the fact that it would break the user away from ordinary consciousness (expand consciousness). However, there are easier, safer, and entirely legal methods to achieve “brain boosting,” ways that are repeatedly productive. Our IA device is, to our knowledge, the only device ever developed for use by anyone who desires to go beyond mere brain-boosting and open their higher bio-circuits without drugs. The result is true “augmentation of human intelligence,” a higher platform that will eventually moot all alternative approaches.

    The most powerful and underused personal computer in the universe sits in the top area of the human skull, and it connects with Omniverse through a transceiving energy field. The necessary software is already on board, but parts are “password-protected.” In effect, our IA device is the decryption tool.

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