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Press Release - Machine Intelligence Invention Could Change Landscape of Science Fiction

Changing the Landscape of Science Fiction

It is no longer a question of if or even when smart computers will think like humans. The new question is, what will we do when they get here?

It’s no longer a question of if or even when smart computers will think like humans. The new question is, what will we do when they get here?

Earlier this year, wJones, a small Maryland R&D company submitted the first patent application for what they describe as a range of systems operating at different “levels” of existence. The science is called “Stored Purpose” and the new devices are called “metacomputers.” Unlike current “stored program” computers, which run programs using an architecture first described by John von Neumann in 1945, the new systems load a type of information first considered by Plato in 380BC, called Platonic Forms. Designers of the new computers use these Forms to build the genetic code of an agent. The agent “genome” is a contextual fabric of knowledge, goals and “purpose.” Since the new metacomputer software will run on everything from your mobile phone to your home thermostat, agents will be able to go where you can’t and do almost anything you need them to.

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wJones & Company, abbreviated wJones, is a North Potomac, MD USA based research and development firm specializing in intelligent machine and computer technology. In Q2 2010, the company filed it’s first patent application for a series of inventions related to an intelligent machine design it calls Stored Purpose.
But don’t run out to your Best Buy just yet, inventors Warren Jones and Lana Rubalsky say it will be at least six years before the first technology will reach the market. And although the new technology is decades beyond anything currently available, co-inventor Warren Jones doesn’t think traditional computer companies will be the first to jump on the stored purpose bandwagon.

“Lana and I started implementing some of the basic concepts of metacomputer design four years ago, when I still headed information technology and she headed knowledge management for a U.S. company. Within two years, we made ninety percent of the data center computers unnecessary and today, just ten machines do the work of five hundred. That’s not the kind of technology innovation a computer company will rush into, particularly if its strategic plan is to sell lots of machines. Two metacomputer hosts will eventually replace thousands of legacy servers, first virtualizing them, then transferring their functions to agents.”

Will the real thing be better than Science Fiction?

When asked how the real thing will compare with technology in Science Fiction movies like the Matrix or Battlestar Galactica and if he thinks success in building the real thing might hurt Sci Fi interest, Warren says science fiction is here to stay.

“Science fiction is a seed of innovation. When I look at screenplays written by the Wachowski brothers (Matrix), Cameron (Avatar), and Eick and Moore (Battlestar Galactica), it’s clear they each had a better understanding of what’s coming than anything you can read in a scientific journal. If you want to know how a stored purpose synthetic file system works, read the one paragraph description on our website, but if you want to know what it means, pay close attention to the trees in Card’s Speaker of the Dead or Cameron’s Avatar.

“That said, when it comes to smart machines, in just two decades we will likely surpass anything ever written by a Hugo or Nebula winner. That’s assuming of course we can continue to raise the needed capital. I find no small irony that the budget to simulate technology in one Ironman movie is higher than the six year cost to build the real thing.”

Will it be safe?

When asked about safety, given the not so peaceful outcomes of the Matrix and Terminator movies, Jones doesn’t sugar coat,

“Stored purpose will be the safest technology ever made, because it will be the first to know the difference between right and wrong. But that said, the reasons we say six years instead of two are largely related to complexity and safety. We have to make machines that are open to inspection by public authority and at the same time protected from tampering by unauthorized individuals. We also have to make Purpose certifiably safe, so the public will trust that an agent can really operate an elevator or drive a delivery bot. This requires something we call curtailment logic, which is another layer of science atop what we have already done. If it turns out the market finally sees products in twenty years instead of six, it won’t be because the technology didn’t work, it will be because we couldn't figure out how to keep the boys who will employ this, from breaking their toys.”

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