Thursday, April 14, 2011

Clique Space(TM) and cyberspace.

Here's something I recently put together in a forum. I think it is another concise description of what Clique Space is meant to do:

  • Consider this for an every-day example of such a relationship that has been around for much longer than our traditional notions of technology: your hand is a device for grasping things, your mouth is a device you use to eat with, and your eyes are devices through which you see the world. You are an individual, and blood glucose monitoring devices (I think they're somewhere in your brain) tell you that you are hungry. Your eyes see an apple, and other devices within your brain tell you an apple is within your immediate vicinity. You reach out your hand and grasp the apple, draw it to your mouth, and consume it. Now, it is obviously worthless to consider that your eyes were connected directly to your mouth; the intermediary is your nervous system (a Clique Space of sorts), and the individual 'you' exists as a transcendent supervisor who uses one's will to coordinate the activity of each of these bodily sensor and actuator devices to achieve some ends.

    What I propose to have done with Clique Space, then, is extend the notion of the individual as a transcendent supervisor to have control over (indeed, to possess) things belonging to realms other than one's physical body to fulfil one's desires. Allowing an individual to possess devices in Clique Space will also allow one individual the ability to record and to negotiate with which other individuals and under which circumstances interaction is going to take place. Clique Space indeed protects what is mine, yours, others', and what is unclaimed or anonymous. It affords everyone in a cyberspatial world to viscerally claim individual ownership of artefacts within it.
And yet something else about what I think Clique Space might be capable of:
  • As a side point, I don't believe I have invented an AI let alone any AI that is as capable as a human (if ever such an 'artificial' thing could possibly exist). On the other hand, what Clique Space might do is provide an environment within which a synthetic sentience might emerge. This is something quite different to an AI; there is nothing artificial about emergent sentience. The sentience wouldn't feel artificial, and if you tried to convince that sentience that it is artificial, you might well be quickly and laudably rebuffed by it.
And a clarifying comment:
  • As a tool, I think Clique Space would prove as important in any physical world as it would prove in a world of software and any virtual-reality realm. I use the term cyberspace, but it might seem that by using this word, I am reserving Clique Space's utility only in a virtual world. I want to clearly dispel that myth; I take that cyberspace is the union of the physical and virtual.

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