thoughts on BIOS/instincts
By James Kim
From the computer world, BIOS is the entity reponsible to make sure that the low level functions of the computer are in order. It also stores in basic information, or initial conditions for the computer to begin higher order functions
There are memory, processor and power settings. On boot up there are memory tests too.
But let's view power to the computer as life force
In essence, if the on switch is the introduction of the life force, and the off switch is the termination of it. Furthermore, if the immediate action with the introduction of the life force is BIOS, it would be noteworthy to say that BIOS doesn't have experience.
This is to say that the BIOS really doesn't have anything before birth to work with except with what it was "born" with.
In the same respect, instincts can be viewed this way. When organisms are born, they do not have anything in their experiences to draw upon except through what their genes have provided them.
So, BIOS and instincts must function without prior expereince and must therefore rely on their genes or ROM program to function correctly.
With respect to cognitive functions, let's say that these functions are genetic and that anyone born has a fixed set of cognitive functions in a certain order which gives us personality types.
This means that the cognitive functions must be stored in the BIOS. Not so much as the ability to process the data, but the general "cognitive function" label and markers are there. This is similar to BIOS memory and cpu settings before the actual memory and processor is used for their main purpose.
Cognitive functions must have a certain ordering and a certain strength. IQ can be seen as the speed in which information can be processed. In computer terms, this is just the throughput of the system or the clockspeed of the system as it were.
The ordering of cognitive functions can be easily stored in the BIOS as well as their relative strengths.
For now, we'll leave the discussion of how and what the cognitive functions look like in code and their strengths for the cpu discussion. However it's only important enough to have the description and parameters of the cognitive functions within BIOS.
There are 2 ways I think this can be described
First is the 4 letter MBTI type code perhaps in the following
With this specification, it implies that there can be only 16 combinations of cognitive functions, thus found within humans. But we are talking about computers here. This means with the 8 cognitive functions, there are 8! or 40320 combinations along with their relative strengths. So perhaps it's best to have the BIOS describe the Cognitive functions and move on from there.
Now that I think about this, the word strength in relation to cognitive functions is somewhat interesting. From the psychology readings, it's rarely referred to as a strength, but more of a maturity. Young people use their dominant function, then secondary, then tertiary, then inferior function according to maturity.
Ok, the next question is what is maturity in relation to a computer? Can it be described correctly for a software engineering process to understand? And can we substitute the word strength with maturity in the BIOS spec for our new creature?
My first stab at it, maturity is the amount of ordered experiences contained in memory. Ok, this doesn't sound too bad. except that human physiology is able to grow and shrink neural connections within the brain. This means that the system actually changes. Alright, we'll revise the maturity to say
maturity = the amount of ordered experiences contained within the system.
Ok, not bad, I have a problem wth the word experiences. doesn't seem to fit well. what happens if we change that word to events? events meaning all types of changes, observations, interactions transactions etc. let's see..
maturity = the amount of ordered events (extrinsic or intrinsic) contained within the system.
this will help cover the extroverted or outside interactions as well as introverted or internal conclusions etc.
going back to the BIOS discussion, we'll describe an ordered set of 8 cognitive functions for the system to act with. maturity is described as the amount of ordered events (e or i) contained within the system. hmm, there's another problem. maturity requires past experiences, and BIOS can't have that. even when the sperm and the egg are finding each other, do they have experiences or are they just automatons doing their jobs?
nah, sperm dont' have memories. "I remember being in the womb" . this is interesting. the fetus maturation is about 9 months. when the brain is developed enough, one can start gaining experiences. in the real of computers, we might have to put in an initial experience set to get the system kicked off.
for now, I think we'll leave the BIOS to only have the ordering of the cognitive functions and not each of the strengths. because the strength of the cognitive functions is determined by experience. a matured system will have enough opportunities to observe it's own behaviors when each of the cognitive functions are called upon.
what else can we stick into the BIOS? what is necessary? basic knowledge of motor functions. feedback loops, system regulation. etc more of the autonomous functions should be in the BIOS as it is in the genes.
for BIOS, I think that's about it. just the cognitive function ordering described. there are 8 slots for a function pair. the first being TFSN and the second being e/i. so as an example
but of course a computer can very well have one like this, breaking the human ordering:
or one like this
don't know what kind of system that will be, but for computers, we'll extent that possibility.
on further note, it's interesting that from an investigator of out living creator might be led to believe that the makeup of the system is int the CPU. but really it's defined int he BIOS. Much like how we thought our DNA is the source of life, but really, the RNA is the one to describe it.
oh yeah, I forgot to mention that human have 2 basic instincts which are survival and reproduction. the outcome of azimov's 3 laws of robotics are lacking because the movie shows that the laws are perfect, but protects the humans at the cost of their will and freedom. whatever we want to put here, we better make them good.
why not just put in survival and reproduction? why don't we humans arm and defend our baby making factories? what prevents humans from raping the next girl and killing the next guy?ShareThis