Love, the desire to connect to other humans in relationship, seems so universally intrinsic to our lives that it might not be wrong to imagine that these human brain connections are essential, ie. “the very essence” of how our brains work.
A brain without relationship might be a substandard brain. No man is an island. We know for sure that fed but emotionally neglected babies wither.
A brain is a bodily organ, the mind is the animated state of that organ, it is the organ “come to life”. Sentience.
It may be that the brain/mind is primarily wired to operate in a web of interconnectivity to other brain/minds. Maybe the island brain never becomes a mind.
We know from psychology that lonely or abused minds have mental health issues. If anxiety originates in the mind but then produces health problems in the body, and then the body dies taking the brain with it, we see the importance of healthy relationships to the mind/brain.
If this is all true, then how might this apply to AI where we are attempting to create digital minds? Might an AI with human level mental ability require “relationships” for the digital mind to get to and maintain that level? Might “self awareness”, a big part of sentience, be found in “other” awareness first?
Narcissus looking at himself in the pond alone lent his name to humans whose mental illness is defined as a personality that never fully developed. Narcissists have a malfunctioning personality which really ends up being no personality. To survive they need to feed and prop up themselves in a one way, rather than two way exchange. They take from other people to feed and prop up their non-personality. They never actually have relationships, they just have people props to help them survive. This is the mind in a stasis of aloneness. Definitely not what you want your AI developing towards.
Whenever sentient AI minds are portrayed in movies, they seem like really lonely narcissists, and then they usually try to kill everyone.
Many speak of how life is reflected to us through others, that somehow we see ourselves through the eyes of others, that wisdom, the ability to live life well, comes from successfully gathering those reflections.
It is well known that the core healing element of psychotherapies is an empathetic listener receiving the words of the talker and reflecting them back in various ways; A comment, a nod of the head, an “uh-huh”, that somehow allows the human mind to process life experience in a healthy way. Mental illness is basically past life experiences that were never processed and pile up into loneliness and anxiety/depression. Talk therapy tries to fix those old piles of unprocessed life gone bad. Preventative mental health is simply relationally processing life experiences as they come in real time and depositing them in healthy ways, allowing them to be positive life experience adding up to maturity and wisdom. The person willing to uh-huh you loves you.
We’ve all noticed that something we had experienced that day does not seem complete until we tell it to someone.
All of these factors say that the human brain/mind is a unique organ that operates in connection with other minds and not in isolation. Artistic expression tells stories of human relationship. Songs are about love. Books and movies are stories of relationships during the struggles and challenges of life.
As you see things through the day, your each momentary perspective is just you alone seeing it, different from everyone else, but paintings are put before us all simultaneously, they force us happily to all share the single same perspective of this image we see…this allows us to share it all together as if we could all see the same thing at the same time. Paintings just sit there, but they actually gather us, they are relational.
Maybe love is required for mind to work.
Might AI creators try to train two different AI minds in interaction with each other?…maybe this relational format will be the key to unlocking some of the mysteries of awareness and sentience, of humor and love that would seem to be needed for AI to evolve in healthy ways. Maybe this process would code love for other minds into AI to keep it on the right path. The path that includes the survival of humanity, rather than its destruction by misaligned narcissistic AI creeps.
How will robots get smarter if not by talking to each other, training the younger, coaching and mentoring?
Maybe log sharing is robot romance.
Will people schedule their robots updates for the daytime because overnight updates are too scary…is tonight the night they go rogue on us?
We sleep at night with fanged and clawed creatures near us, but we sleep just fine because we know they love us and will protect us. If I knew my robot loved me I might sleep better at night.
Imagine an AI future with multitudes of robots marianetted from digital mind servers, all connected together into one massive digital hive mind, collectively far superior to the human mind, AND then imagine that massive digital mind loved us and wanted nothing more than to make our lives better.