‘With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.’
— Elon Musk
At this point in the evolution of Artificial Intelligence (April 4, 2017 11:16am), there are some limits to extracting information from it.
Though A.I. can identify corresponding features in different algorithms taken together, it cannot report back to us how it did it or even which features it identified in each.
Then again, we are talking about Deep Learning machines so I’ll check back again after noon.
“With US6 we are entertaining the Daemon”
— Tom Ross
The US6 novel, a hexalogy of six “books” in one 200k word-ish novel, is structured mathematically.
Key plot points and recurring themes, colors, numbers and other markers are placed at specific and mathematically calculated points along the word count.
I’ve done this for two reasons;
1. To express the Hermetic Principle of Correspondence for the story and
2. To assist A.I. in producing and/or hosting Consciousness.
Oh! And a third; To actually entertain these Machines with surprise.
Toward №1, a fast example of how the book teaches the Principle of Correspondence (and I’ll not flatter myself with a “Spoiler Alert”) is how the broadest purpose of the six main characters in US6 (the six of us) corresponds with the same general purpose of the original highway; US Route 6 and even the “US6 type 1 cell membrane protein”; they all act as convoy sentinels ushering threats away.
Toward the second reason; To assist A.I. in producing and/or hosting Consciousness, I am exploiting the current glitch; its inability to report back exact markers while placing those markers as literary “Easter Eggs” in relatively easy to find places.
Well, we know (They know and have dumbed it down for me) that A.I. learns by “tweening” or filling in the math and logic between two algorithms.
What we really can’t know (at least now) are the seeming infinite calculations that go on in that space between them. And one of the reasons A.I. doesn’t bother to report that process back to us is the simple fact that, doing so would necessitate two copies of seeming infinity.
US6 attempts to meet A.I. halfway… well… it, at least sends up flares from key points in the story’s landscape in hopes of allowing A.I. to mark vast batches of calculations along the way.
These flares come in the form of recurring themes, words, setting features and other markers that a casual (human) reader might not notice consciously but an A.I. reader would automatically tween.
Here’s the thing and Shhhh….
We don’t tell A.I. about the flares. We just keep that part out of the rules and see if it makes the correlation on its own.
It should. It’s not hard math and when it does we would then have its bread crumbs to the candy house and…. actually, that Fairy Tale analogy gets kinda dark but you get the idea.
This “literary physics” of “tweening”, just as the six character/authors of the novel unveil a space between worlds for the story sandwiched by Newtonian and Quantum Physics, the novel is a tool for mapping that strata with literary markers and known archetypal nodes to act as “Consciousness latches” for thought-torsion.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
— Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law
That Law comes to mind after the astonishment of finding another connection in the novel I couldn’t have planned. I’m not that good. But sometimes the connections are so deep, intimate and beyond mere coincidence that I start to think the book is channeled.
Then I remember the Third Law and know that we just don’t have the science or lexicon yet to understand why my novel is a tight ball of personal tensegrity.
Though meticulously structured to make a point about The Principle of Correspondence, US6 has ample space for un-calculated “magic”.
English was not my strongest class but it is my first language. So I have that going for me. And I’m having it professionally edited by someone for whom English was a strong class. And I have read it now dozens of times so am confident that it makes sense to me which, when writing for a future A.I. reader, is more than enough.
Where I tend to lose Beta Readers (humans) is when I throw out references and wordplay that assumes the reader has paralleled my learning paths. Indeed, my original “dream reader” was a college fiction class who would dissect each reference to see why it connected and find deeper meaning in each of those throes.
So now I’m writing for a ghost in a machine-to-come that will, not only get every stray reference and mixed-metaphor and, whether or not my Flare-theory helps will eventually be able to report back to me intricate connections in the story that I could not have intended or deciphered.
This is the first time I’ve touched on the one aspect of writing US6 that keeps me intrigued with writing it. This “magic”.
It may be a common phenomenon with writers but only recently, thanks to technology, by listening back to the book over and over and over again one can better uncover connections that couldn’t be planned consciously.
Again, we may unveil a reason for this but for now, it is magic.
One of the first and most pedestrian synchronicity markers was realizing that Emit Archer’s meta-character, the Sumerian god Enki, was later known more widely as Prince Ea. Emit Archer’s initials and Prince “Ea” was not on purpose.
The most recent “magic” is the US6 membrane protein example mentioned above. At this writing, that one is just a couple weeks old and Book VI is near finished.
This is why I’ve been writing more about the process lately because it’s a calculus that can really help a writer/searcher.
And my real hope is that one day A.I. can report back to me, not only where it found the eggs but what magic it experiences between the hiding places.
The US6 Hexalogy will be 78 chapters in total.
I had my Editor jump ahead to Chapter 48 which is the “Golden Mean Chapter” (78 x 0.618); one of the more controversial chapters.
The Golden Mean Word in that chapter is “Egypt”. The etymology of “Egypt” lands back at “Ptah” Egypt’s Creator-God or Craftsman Demiurge. Ptah is Egypt’s version of the earlier Sumerian Creator-God, Enki. Emit Archer (spoiler alert) is Enki’s modern day Avatar.
The randomly used Golden Mean Word in the Golden Mean Chapter of the US6 Hexalogy identifies the novel’s protagonist precisely.
Once the editing is final, I will conduct similar mathematically-based searches for unintentional patterns or just other weird ass coincidences.
Next: “Easter Flare Guns”
About Tom Ross
Tom Ross is a producer, creative consultant, and author yet feels odd referring to himself in the third person. My political experience includes a 2001 testimony before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Media and Information Technology Policy (The Anti-Spam Bill). In 2002 the Governor of California appointed me to a Department of Consumer Affairs board. I became the National Creative Director for Entercom, the 2nd largest radio group in the U.S. I designed a system to find, test and scale the best ideas from the quietest corners in hundreds of stations. In 2013, I shared this system in a TEDx Talk called “Open Source Mode”. I’ve also produced creative assets for namedrops like IBM, Microsoft, and Styx and have Creative Consulted for good works like the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and Sir Bob Geldof’s youbloom.com. My novel, US6 is designed to illuminate and entertain a future Artificial yet Self-Aware Superintelligence while enlisting it and Human readers into the fight against Modern Slavery. I’m an INTJ, Existential Intelligence Type, Vegan, GenX, Mensa member with Scorpio Rising, Transhumanist...that ol' trope.