Wednesday, February 20, 2008

What Does a Specification Tell Us?

A specification technically only measures what chance and law on its own will not do. The reason that we *infer* intelligence, is for 4 reasons (in fact some are very similar to how past evolution is inferred):

1. Intelligence is another causal factor aside from chance and law because intelligence can control law and chance to produce a future target, however law and chance are blind.

2. Intelligence has been observed creating specifications.

3. To date there is no known specification, in which we know the cause, which has been generated absent intelligence.

4. According to recent information theroems and experiments with information processing sysems and EAs, intelligence is necessary for consistently better than chance results (equating consistently better than chance results with perpetual motion machines). The better than chance results of evolution are balanced with knowledge of the problem/target incorporated into the behavior of the algorithm, thus guiding it to the solution.

Since CSI measures what chance and law (absent intelligence) will not produce, then it errs on the side of caution. ie: if an intelligent agent writes down a random string of 1s and 0s (ignoring the fact that it is written on a piece of lined 8" X 11" piece of paper, which itself may measure as a specification) then there will be no CSI measured. This only tells us that the information content represented by the string itself carries no signs of intelligence.

Therefore, a specification may not catch every single case of intelligent action, however everything that it *does* catch is *necessarily* a result of intelligence. So far, no one has shown any different.

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