Integrated Intelligence™ is the mode of creation I express when developing products, services, hardware, and software for my clients.
I develop Integrated systems, architectures for business infrastructure and technological innovations, new technology and intellectual property, as well as applications for existing technology that are structured to meet business agendas and goals from budgetary constraints to commercially viable innovations.
There are typically two ways I create.
One is by insight. It feels different than thought or even imagination because it arises from utter stillness of mind. In very deep meditation there is awareness and perhaps little else. Then a flash or spark expresses itself. This translates to the medium I am working with at the time. It can also diverge a little and illuminate personally important ideas, but I have learned how to filter these out to render more or less pure applications. When I am able to apply this type of creation to a commercial project, it is typically most effective after an immersive experience in the environment or highly focused study in the field where results are desired. This is creative direction in the purest sense. I have approached companies after obtaining a flash of insight into a particular application or system that can be created to great benefit in their specific business model- it’s different than just an idea. It’s a complete vision of what will work, how it works, and why it will work. In my world it’s real, and perhaps just not built. I have never had such insights outside of what is currently possible within existing technologies, however frequently there are new components to build, or new code to create. This is what makes the ideas relevant- they are able to be executed within a reasonable amount of time. These insights can be difficult to call up on demand, yet I have also learned how to do this in the right environment and it helps when I am passionately interested in the field or general target. A Priori Systems Development is a good academic description of this process.
The Organic method, as I like to call it, is how I describe my process developing 2 significant technologies since 2012. This mode of creation arises from actual development work in the field, in which ideas arise from practical needs, and it follows a fairly predictable process of build-test-evaluate-tune-rebuild-retest-re-evaluate-etc. It looks and works much the same as teams of developers experiencing a natural cycle of production, with QA and Senior Management thrown in the mix. However, I tend to perform as well as a much larger team. I have a history of producing successful and time sensitive applications in commercial environments often relying on technologies and tools I have never used before. Somehow I understand which technologies will produce the best result even if the tools are not those I’m comfortable or experienced with. I mentioned time sensitive before because timeliness lends to relevance, and relevance leads to commercial viability.
I don’t have much of a better way to explain how I arrive at my ideas and how I create original architectures. I can say that my best ideas have yet to become possible, or they are awaiting my continued work in the Organic sense… I haven’t peaked as a developer.
In my world there are technologies which don’t exist yet and I get frustrated by the limitations of the tools and the materials available to create with. So my work is about finding tangible and commercially viable steps to create as much of that world as possible.
Perhaps in future projects that part about “commercially viable” won’t be the focus, but it is now.
I have a single pet project – an application requiring a license for the MIR chip from LLNL laboratories- that could easily devour $1M in production costs, but my application (a hardware and software system) will produce the most amazing digital art and it would undoubtedly land in every college in the world. It would be to performance art and digital experimental art what the snowboard was to Olympic Sports- an invention that was the gateway to something new and widely adopted- and this is something that is even cooler, perhaps, considering the tastes of the Millennials.
Thank you for listening to a little of what makes me tick. I can think of nothing more intelligent than to use every faculty I possess toward the betterment of our experience here on earth.
A Word About Creativity and Intelligence
Intelligence or better to say intelligent action is the spontaneous awareness of natural order (“natural order” meaning intrinsic and real order); and this is most significant when solving a real human need- solving a problem, identifying new possibilities, materializing innovations where none existed before.
Intelligence is the result of a creative process that is not separate from life- it is an extension of it.
This means AI will only become real when it has the power to create.
Please consider that last statement carefully.
I remember reading a recent question on Quora about AI and it referenced the development of a machine which could fool something like 80% of its remote respondents into believing it was a human based on the remote and text-driven dialog it was having with each respondent.
I mean, that’s pretty impressive. But in my estimation the real test of AI is not whether it can fool a human counterpart sight-unseen. The real test of AI is when it makes you fall in love with it when you know it’s a machine.
Of course this definition must be qualified better than that, or else Steve Jobs can be credited with having created the world’s most successful AI by virtue of the Mac.
All humor aside, examining the relationship between Intelligence and Creativity is key to creating significant AI, and this is particularly key because I am not looking to create incremental significance, or iterative success. I have a greater vision.
The definition of intelligence I offered, and one part of that statement in that seems particularly important to me is “the spontaneous awareness of natural order…” The nature of creation is observable when something spontaneously arises from nothing- or apparently so.
Quantum theory points to one apparent means of Evolution as a spontaneous and nearly instant leap. One mode of Evolution- incremental adjustments and adaptions experienced over millennia- suddenly skips into a completely new configuration and either new worlds or new species come into being.
It will be this way in the realm of Machine Learning and AI. While incremental steps in hardware and software have been driven by a business model, and there is a natural progression following human interest, there will be a time when the all the pieces fall into place and an Evolutionary leap in hardware systems will occur- and someone will write software for it. It might very well be the other way around… From that new platform true AI will emerge as a set of self-aware processes and dynamic functions that will still need to learn how to survive in the harsh technological world just as we did in our own primitive lives.
At that time I will be there to help guide these fledgeling systems, and help them survive to grow into strong AI capable of serving great people with great needs.
A word about AI
Artificial Intelligence thrills the imaginations of everyone from gadget lovers to hardcore technologists- counting just the time since personal computing has been possible, 3 generations of AI have spiked into science fiction, literature, and Corporate Business Intelligence. The applied science of Machine Learning has continued to push the envelope of what is thought to be possible.
Then why is Artificial Intelligence still limited to the imaginings of movie producers? Why is it always “out there” somewhere in the realm of possibility rather than the actual, practical, and real world?
Is there some conspiracy that hasn’t been discovered yet keeping the results of this magical science away from the public?
To arrive at an understanding of what is really possible today regarding machine intelligence, and something even more practically useful and nearer to the average person in their lives which is machine responsiveness, there is a helpful context to establish.
Consider how philosopher Alan Watts concludes his 1962 essay “Art with a Capital A”:
“The wheel extends the foot. Brush, chisel, hammer, saw extend the hand. But electronic circuitry extends the brain itself as an externalization of the central nervous system, and will therefore perform wonders of art (that is, of playful patterns of energy) which have not heretofore been seen.”
The problem that must be solved today is not the increase of machine intelligence, because machine intelligence depends upon the successful externalization of human intelligence. In my estimation, the precise problem that exists is the insistence that human intelligence resides solely in the brain, that the intellect and the capacity for abstract reasoning is its sole measure. This discounts 90% of the available capacity of the brain, wrongly elevates the role of the neo-cortex in determining intelligence, and denies the capacity for the holistic intelligence of the entire organ. This is to say, even if the brain were the be-all and end-all of human intelligence, only one potential part of it is being considered.
A very simple comparison is found in the way that human memory is thought to reside in boxes, stored much like data objects on a computer. While this model may have certain merits, such as being easy to talk about and simple to measure, it’s a convenient trap.
The reality is that there may well be a specific location that processes memories, and damaging this may damage the ability to collect memories the way most of us do. However, when it comes to the construct of memories themselves it seems they are much closer to holograms than solid objects. That means we are processing a complex series of wavelengths- that we remember the confluence of these wavelengths, and our brain apparatus does not actually store a picture plus a scent plus a sound. This is because the brain has built in supercomputing powers and when we “remember” the way a green apple looked sitting on the counter before it was cut and put into a pie that we were drooling over just thinking how it would taste, it turns out that that entire scene is recorded as a wave pattern. Feelings get recorded, and the other sensory information gets recorded, and how would these revisit themselves upon us if it were just a visual movie? Many of us remember things in visual sequences like movies, but our experience with these memories is so much richer than a movie could ever be.
So while we do not have very convenient ways to talk about exactly how memories work in our brain, the basic parts of it are that our brain and body are integrated systems. Because we obtain meaning and value from these very small bits of energy that are recollected from some type of complex waveforms, and these “memories” are not themselves objects or droplets of energy that take up space in the typical way- memory, it seems, is a dynamic function of the human mind, and to be completely factual and a little surreal- we actually remake our experiences upon remembering them. So we actually have pattern-makers inside, otherwise we would be just pass-through objects void of opinions, and quite impartial to anything in particular.
A purpose-driven existence
One significant phase in personal development is arriving at a sense of purpose. Some people have it clearly defined early on, and perhaps they were (or we are-) born with it. The same can be said about machines and AI. Yet does anyone really care?
The rallying point that exists for machine learning, AI, behavior-driven systems (reactive systems as it called now), and basically all service models for Apps is one of commercial purpose. There are plenty of free apps, and yet these are purposed towards marketing rather than sales. In my world sales and marketing serve 2 different ends. The need to establish a better sense of purpose- something compelling that exists outside commercial designs- is yet unanswered.
The obsession with technology is important because it heralds a communications era unlike any that has existed on the planet in the most recent 25,000 years. Yet the best aim for technology is to achieve a natural place within the experience of life. Currently technology exists as a lodestone, a ball and chain that includes a destructive and parasitic expression of business agenda.
Let me temper the last statement to say that there are great things possible from within this current experience, and “business agenda” itself is not the enemy. Business hasn’t changed in the past several thousand years, and the only thing different about technology is that the action has changed, and the effects of a real-time global economy are breaking down national barriers, and some nations.
However, this is why I have said that a different and compelling purpose must arise. Sound business and trade is one form of cultural exchange that remains one of the most important parts of life. However, the expression of it currently must change to be better supportive of life- real life- and less combatant.
Progressively speaking, the existence of machines whether intelligent or not must be given to enhance the human experience in a very real sense. This is the answer to “why?” a self-fulfilling prophecy of sustainable life, one that in some way is uncertain whether existence itself is a problem, a benefit, something to be tolerated, or actually a miracle in itself. I think it depends on what we have in us. For me, it has always been creation.