Before you start with the 4th part, have a look into the other 3 parts:
And now you’re ready for the 4th part…
I started –
“As our civilization is about to come to an end, we’d have to think of some way to at least virtually keep it alive. It’s true that whatever we do, we can’t continue this species. We all are going to die. But by doing what I’m going to tell you, we can at least ‘preserve the civilization’. My idea is bizarre enough to make you call me insane. It’s so abstract that even I couldn’t take it normally. But I think it’s the only hope. So, here’s it –
Today, artificial intelligence is advanced enough to stimulate everything & create a virtual world of any type. There’s no doubt in that. So taking inspiration from that, I’m thinking of creating a completely virtual world inside a chip. That world would be a continuation of our world. We’d not include this cataclysmic incident in that world. We’d install everything there…everything that we’ve now. The time period would be of this time & with time, it’d progress. It’d be a virtual replica of our world. And we’d recreate everything!!
So how are we going to do that?
Without going to technical details here, I’d like to give a glimpse of the model. In a sentence – we’re going to redesign a nano version of the central processing unit or the brain of our advanced robots. We’d create what I call Ele (from ‘Element’) which would represent us – humans. Every Ele would have its memory space & a processing unit (replicating the brains of our present robots, but nano versions of them) that would be embedded in the chip. They are just electronic units of the chip. They’d have pre-installed memory. They’d represent a person’s brain. The memory database would contain the memory of a particular person. Your Ele would have memory of you. Mine you’d have my memory. Also the processing capability would be based according to our thinking limit. These eles would interact with each other as components in a computer do. And every time, they interact, new memories would be created (as in our case when we meet someone). Iteration of a same interaction would make those memories permanent. Otherwise, they’d be vulnerable to lose. The probability of interaction of an ele with another ele is random. They are not pre-defined. Moreover, every ele would be a virtual representation of the hardwired units in each other’s memory space. I hope you’re getting the point.
Now, getting back to the ele, everything they feel or think about would be the results of nothing but their virtual memories & interactions with each other. Nothing happens in reality. These eles would randomly interact with each other. And any change in the memory space might also lead to further interactions with each other. For example, ele1 & ele2 interacted with each other just randomly as we meet people in workplace or market or elsewhere. Now, if ele2 gives an instruction to ele1 to meet ele3. Then that would lead to interaction of ele1 with ele3. That’s the idea.
The concept of ele is exact to human or artificial brain. As with us, we meet someone & form a mental model. But we or a robot do so in the real world that exists. But ele would interact with each other virtually. That’s exactly the same as if we people would interact with each other in our dreams. Ele would be a miniature nano-scale version of an artificial brain that would be embedded in the chip. These units would electrically interact at a random pace. And that interaction would lead to the changes in the memory space, as it does exactly in our cases. These eles would be accompanied with a very advanced processing unit replicating human brains. They would interact virtually, change their memory & process the information, thus, forming an identity, a self-image. In my own ele, I’d install everything that my brain holds since my birth to till date. My ele might sometimes interact with the eles of you guys & that may add to new memory in our memory spaces.
There’s nothing much different. But just little bit of strange. In that virtual world, my ele would do whatever we do. Moreover, interactions & activities would also be dependent on my pre-installed memory space. I’m a scientist. My memory space would also have that information & eles of people who know me, would also have that same information. So interaction of your eles & my ele would take place mostly in the virtual research centre in our memory space. If you’re finding it hard to imagine that model, think like we’re doing everything in dream. We all are dreaming. We can do things as we want to. We’d also see each others. In that dream, everything we see is a replica of the world. Things like that…
Eles are the same like that. But they’d be nothing but electronic components. They can do, interact, feel, think as we do. But virtually. Nothing would be exactly happening. It’s just the result of interaction of their memory space & processing units. Even an ele would not think of the world as virtual. They would think of everything as real, as if it’s happening. Eles are just the artificial, nano-scale brain of each one of us, who are dreaming. They’d not have other physical parts as we do. It’d be same as if we take out our brain, connect each other & let them interact. That’d be like interacting in a dream. Eles are just our brain, without the body. If you try to understand, it’s not that hard to imagine. It’s just a virtual version of us.
Well, the chip on which we’d embed these components would be powered by a quantum battery that would consume the energy of vacuum or the lowest quantum energy possible. That means, it’d never ever run out of battery. But the eles would not be immortal. If in their virtual memory space, it happens that an ele is attacked & couldn’t survive in the virtual hospital of them, the embedded component representing that ele, would be damaged, putting the values of the memory space to zero. As we’d make the chip from a very special regenerative material, newer components would keep on creating. If for example, in their memory space, two eles get married & a new ele is born, then, a new component would get activated & start to fill the memory space representing that new born ele (or baby). As that ele would be the offspring of those two eles (though virtually), interacting of these three eles would be maximum.
So, things are like that. I hope you’ve got the model by the time. Though bizarre, it’s possible. Our physical presence would not be there, but virtually we’d be present. Moreover, my ele would not die there (I’m too young!!) anytime soon if I don’t die by an accident or things like that virtually in my memory space. And as it’s memory space would contain everything of me, at least virtually, I’d feel like I’m living. Nothing would actually change. It’s just that we’ve changed our form. We’d be lines of code. But we’d reborn in another world. I’d be feeling the same there as I’m feeling now. And I think no one should be worried about apocalypse. We’re going to live. Cheer up!!”
I concluded my speech & distributed the research paper with my colleagues. 8 months had passed by since the news of that cataclysmic stuff. So we had around 4 years to do whatever was in my head. There were many things that we created in the field of AI. We can stimulate cognitive abilities like intuition & even emotions in an artificial brain. But even the brain of a robot interacts in the real world & they are of considerable size. But creating the entire civilization in a single nano-chip was really a hard task. Moreover, I had really little bit of supports. I was not even certain if I’d receive approval for this project.
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