Intelligence and Time – why do we exist?

Lucy IMDB - myndset I watched the film LUCY last night. The premise of the film is delightful: what if we were able to use our full intellectual capacity? What if we be able to activate 100% of our brain’s computing power? While I was lured into the idea that this was another view on the debate and merits of artificial intelligence, one of the most fascinating elements of the film, for me, was the discussion around time.

In a script written by the talented director, Luc Besson, Professor Norman (played by Morgan Freeman) suggests that the living organism (cell) has two options: to become immortal or to reproduce.

You sell it? -This is the purpose of our business.
For us to be like the only purpose seems to be to save time.
It seems that the cell also want to save time.
All the cells that make up the worm or human has only two options …
Immortality …
Or reproduction.
If its habitat is not quite favorable …
The cell chooses immortality …
That is to say, self-sufficiency, self …
But if the habitat is favorable …
This is the reproduction is selected.
And when they die the essential data is passed to the following cells …
Who in turn pass on these cells …
The knowledge, knowledge is devised through time.”

Time is thus an infinite concept or one that must operate in cycles. In Professor Norman’s lecture, he also talks about the transmission of data, of knowledge as part of the cycle of reproduction. But, as we get more intelligent, are we able to transmit, much less capture that intelligence? Is intelligence something we are destined to improve, as a part of a Darwinian evolution?

100% Intelligence versus Artificial Intelligence

As seductive as the concept of all prescient intelligence might be, it also comes with certain risks — as evidenced by the film. In whose hands (or heads) that intelligence falls is of particular concern. Whether that intelligence is “natural” or “artificial,” the issue of governance remains. Professor Stephen Hawking warned us recently of the limits and dangers of artificial intelligence, leading to the notion of singularity, when computers are able to learn and develop for themselves.

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate” (BBC)

The main character, Lucy (played convincingly by Scarlett Johansson), talks toward the end of this apocalyptic orgy of intelligence, about the importance of time as means of defining who we are. She says:

Time is the reason for its own existence, the ultimate measure.
It attributes its existence to matter …
Without time, it does not exist.
Time is unity.
{Film Script}

I wonder, though, to what extent time is unity? Can it be or is it viewed in the same way across cultures? Time and time management is certainly conceived differently by different cultures. Is Lucy’s vision, then, a predominantly western view of the world and of time, or is it a universal truth?

Your thoughts?

Old sayings that have new meaning!

quote_GANDHI, old sayings, The Myndset digital marketingIn a world of quotations and sayings, it occured to me recently that many of these old dictums have taken on new meaning in this fast-changing world.  Whether because a noun has been co-opted or distorted, or the content of the saying now has a new reference, there are many old sayings that, at the very least, could raise an eyebrow.

Just saying…

Herewith some of my favorites.  I’m sure there are many more, so will be happy to hear about them from you!

  • “A house without books is like a room without windows” (by Heinrich Mann)
  • “All Greek to Me” MD: not anymore with Google Translate?
  • “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes” MD: and then some! (by Charles Spurgeon)
  • “Apple of my eye”
  • “Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining”
  • “I always trust my gut reaction; it’s always right.” (by Kiana Tom) MD: Try big data.
  • “Information is power”
  • “On the Same Page” MD: top 10 results?
  • “Nothing is free”
  • “Quick and Dirty” MD: ePorn
  • “Read a book by its cover” MD: Kindle’s?
  • “Six degrees of separation” MD: check out Mitch Joel’s Six Pixels of Separation if you haven’t already
  • “The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.” (by Abraham Lincoln)  MD: a second at a time…
  • “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” (by Ayn Rand)
  • “The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows” (by Sydney J. Harris)
  • “The world is your oyster”
  • “The pen is mightier than the sword”

Would love to hear your favorites in the same vein!