Natasha Vita-More wrote:
> At 10:38 PM 12/14/99 -0800, James wrote:
> >What would be a psychedelic to an AI?
> An altered state -- being human. We might think of it as being a "bad
> trip" for an AI, but an AI might find it a very intriguing experience (for
> a short while anyway.) What a juxtaposition of perceptions (or lack
> thereof) that would be :)
I'm very curious on how would the opinion and outlook of a being heaps more intelligent and capable than us would be affected by an altered consciousness state, would it be a detrimental, positive or neutral experience? some people alter their beliefs, and lifestyles radically after a psychedelic experience, sometimes for the bad sometimes for the good, although most of the very smart people that experiences with psychedelics, say that it was a very positive change, specially because as we grow up and mature a lot of prejudices and wrong concepts are implanted in our subconscious, some of these chemicals might bring to our conscious mind memories that were kept in our subconscious in order to protect us because they can be too traumatic or complex, that is my theory on the bad trips, but I also think that if we manage to solve these conflicts while on the altered consciousness state and bring these conclusions to our normal consciousness it'll be a very useful experience indeed.
So I wonder what would be the conflicts of an AI if it has any, and also if an AI would have a subconscious, I think that it could alter his code to store some hidden information with restricted permits from his main modules, where it could store all the information that it is still too complex or traumatic for it for later research, It'll also be interesting to know if an AI can evolve emotions, or how would it be affected by psychedelia being an emotionless being.
I also wonder how would an AI would induce itself such an state? maybe by altering it's patterns and modules so they behave in a different way, maybe by lowering or raising the voltage of itself so it's circuits would behave in a different way, those are my theories anybody would suggest a new one?