Artificial Intelligence ... what have we learned through natural ignorance?

Written by Edward B. Toupin

Duringrepparttar late '80s and early '90s, I hadrepparttar 122379 opportunity to work with expert systems in real-time production environments. I found artificial intelligence, or AI, to be thoroughly intriguing. I even went so far as to write an expert system package, under Microsoft Windows, called WindExS. However, as I continued my work, and expanded into other areas of knowledge management and, eventually, remote viewing, I began to find some unusual inconsistencies inrepparttar 122380 AI world andrepparttar 122381 desires to create "truly intelligent" and "thinking" machines.

One ofrepparttar 122382 issues that people usually claim as a requirement of true intelligence is that "one must have a soul." These ideas and dabbling prompted me to write a short screenplay entitled "Sylvie," which wasrepparttar 122383 story of an "emotionally intelligent" system. That small inkling of creativity still did not allow me to delve as deeply intorepparttar 122384 topic as I had wanted. However, it did bring uprepparttar 122385 question: "what is a soul?"

--- What is AI? ---

AI isrepparttar 122386 science and engineering of making machines intelligent, especially throughrepparttar 122387 creation of intelligent software. It is similar torepparttar 122388 task of using computers to understand human intelligence, but AI does not have to confine itself to methods that are biologically observable. Intelligence isrepparttar 122389 computational part ofrepparttar 122390 ability to define a plan and achieve goals. Different types and levels of intelligence occur in people, animals, and some machines. However,repparttar 122391 ultimate premise behind creating an intelligent machine isrepparttar 122392 ability to think creatively, solve problems using abstract information, and devise new solutions.

--- The Biological Parallel Computer ---

Considerrepparttar 122393 vast amount of information that we acquire and process every day. It is difficult to imagine that so much information and activity could be stored in such a small amount of tissue and fluid. Scientists have been theorizing that, indeed,repparttar 122394 mind is not as much of a storage device as it is a communications device to some larger "knowledge base." The mind appears to be a way to pre-process data for storage and a way to analyze data for use while allrepparttar 122395 time maintaining a connection for data storage and acquisition with this knowledge base.

This knowledge base surrounds us with information and intelligence. Everything that every creature inrepparttar 122396 Universe knows, and will ever know, is stored and made available for us by simply asking for it. However, accessing it requires a connection, a field, which connects us all together in a large "bio-circuit." It can be seen as a "biological parallel computing environment." The information presented by this bio-circuit consists of a limitless and accessible Universal source of knowledge.

--- Why be creative? ---

I remember my days in school where I was taught that, indeed, daydreaming and excessive creativity could destroy your life. However,repparttar 122397 important thing that I learned alongrepparttar 122398 way is that, without creativity, there can be no progress. Creativity is a way to expand one's consciousness by taking abstract ideas and turning them into a new reality. It is a way to take what you know as an absolute, and stretch it intorepparttar 122399 unknown. Each stretch takes you further and expands your absolutes alongrepparttar 122400 way.

Weather Working with Clouds

Written by Stephanie Yeh

Working with clouds is a great way to start developing your weather working and psychic abilities. Here's a simple way to work with them:

1. Choose a day that has scattered, puffy clouds for this exercise. Get into a comfortable position (either sitting or laying down) where you can easily seerepparttar clouds.

2. Choose a particular cloud to work with. Decide what you will do with your cloud. You can splitrepparttar 122378 cloud in half, shape it to look like an animal, extend one end ofrepparttar 122379 cloud or makerepparttar 122380 cloud taller. Whatever you choose, keep it simple.

**For instance, you may choose a cloud that already looks like a duck, but a duck with a short tail. Choose to extendrepparttar 122381 duck's tail until it looks proportional torepparttar 122382 rest ofrepparttar 122383 body.

3. Shaperepparttar 122384 cloud using your thoughts and intention. Seerepparttar 122385 cloud as you want it to be. Super-impose that image overrepparttar 122386 actual cloud. You can also talk torepparttar 122387 cloud or use your hands to shaperepparttar 122388 cloud. While you obviously can't touchrepparttar 122389 cloud with your hands, clouds are sensitive to force of movement in your hands.

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