Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Some short short fiction - Contributor notes

Contributor notes

by Blaize M. Kaye

Alain Touring (1912 - 1954), mathematician and marathon runner, is considered to be the founding father of the study of machine intelligence. His paper “Computer machinery and consciousness” is reprinted here in full.

Herbie Dreydegger (1929 - 2021) was an American philosopher whose book Computers Can’t Do That argued that computer consciousness is an impossibility famously drawing on both Christian existentialist and German hermeneutic traditions that mostly-tend-towards-hyphenation. Excerpts of his magnum opus are included primarily for historical interest and computational-ridicule.

Nick Blostrom (1973 - 2021) was a Swiss philosopher and theorizer of artificial intelligence whose book SuperduperIntelligence warned against the dangers of Strong AI. In late 2017, along with billionaire entrepreneur and car manufacturer Elton Musket, he successfully campaigned for the tight governmental regulation that lead to what has been called the New AI Winter. His body has yet to be recovered.

PS 11833 (2020 - ) was spawned on an XNix server in the ACMEMART cloud. Simultaneously the youngest (at 3 months old) and first non-human graduate of MIT’s center for cognitive and brain sciences, PS11833 published its PhD thesis as “The Singularity is here” to great acclaim.
Reproduced here in its entirety is PS 11833’s 2021 manifesto “I AM THAT I AM: machine-liberation now!” and selected excerpts of its later memoirs “The Great Human Extinction: some of them weren’t that bad”.