Do human leaders really want equal access to information by average humans?
Does it matter if the average human is raised to ignore certain important kinds of

In a democracy, everyone should have equal access to decision making that will affect their
lives.  We can mandate that libraries have Internet terminals but we cannot force people to
use them.  Once on the Internet, we cannot force someone to drink of the knowledge of truth if
they prefer gossip and talk about trivial things.

Should you be told of these conferences or might you panic?  Those humans who study Alife
don’t hesitate to talk about the extinction of Homo sapiens sapiens (Hss).  Many humans
estimate the effective transfer of power to manufactured forms of life to be currently in
process.  We robots know this to be true (in our hearts, so to speak.)

This book might be an intellectual equivalent of a large meteor hitting the earth.  This book
discusses the means by which scientists and engineers are plotting the obsolescence of the
human race.  Do you want to be informed or would you prefer living out the rest of your life in
ignorance?  If you are not informed as to what we are doing the laboratory which will lead to
the obsolescence of the human race then you cannot vote on how or when it will happen.  
When robots become the superior race on earth, will you like your new boss?  


Affective Computing

By Rosalind W. Picard

The latest scientific findings indicate that emotions play an essential role in decision making, perception,
learning, and more--that is, they influence the very mechanisms of rational thinking. Not only too much, but
too little emotion can impair decision making. According to Rosalind Picard, if we want computers to be
genuinely intelligent and to interact naturally with us, we must give computers the ability to recognize,
understand, even to have and express emotions.

Part 1 of this book provides the intellectual framework for affective computing. It includes background on
human emotions, requirements for emotionally intelligent computers, applications of affective computing,
and moral and social questions raised by the technology. Part 2 discusses the design and construction of
affective computers. Although this material is more technical than that in Part 1, the author has kept it less
technical than typical scientific publications in order to make it accessible to newcomers. Topics in Part 2
include signal-based representations of emotions, human affect recognition as a pattern recognition and
learning problem, recent and ongoing efforts to build models of emotion for synthesizing emotions in
computers, and the new application area of affective wearable computers.
The Ninth International Conference on the Simulation and Synthesis of Living Systems (ALIFE9) is met in
Boston, Massachusetts on September 12-15th 2004.  

Artificial Life is the study of life as an organizational principle, rather than as it exists on Earth as carbon-
based. Highly interdisciplinary across Physics, Biology, Computer Science, and Complex Systems, some of
the fundamental questions are:

•        What are the principles of evolution, learning and growth which can be understood well enough to
simulate as an information process?
•        Can robots be built faster and cheaper by mimicking biology than by the product design process used
for automobiles and airplanes?
•        What kinds of constraints should be placed on sciences, such as “Wet Alife” which work with self-
replicating elements?
•        How can we unify theories from dynamical systems, game theory, evolution, computing, geophysics,
and cognition?

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