N-Trances new album Mind Of The Machine – 11yrs in the making!

N-Trances new album Mind Of The Machine – 11yrs in the making!
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AI (Artificial Intelligence) development at NASA
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The Mind of the Machine
Artificial Intelligence expert Michael Georgeff and other researchers used something called BDI software agent technology on a project designed to diagnose faults in the reaction control system of the Shuttle Discovery. Georgeff says an advanced version of this technology was tested in simulators at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and also tested via a live connection from the Australian Artificial Intelligence Institute to Discovery. Georgeff describes the BDI technology this way:
“At a conceptual level, a BDI agent models a computer system as 3 components — a set of Beliefs (or information about the current state of the world), a set of Desires (or goals) and a set of Intentions (selected actions or plans). When two or more BDI agents interact … they need to determine how best each other’s mutual desires can be met, and to do this they need to understand the beliefs, desires and possibly intentions of the other agents.” In other words, BDI tries to determine how a computer system “thinks.” Georgeff stresses that the NASA work did not lead directly to the dating software, pointing out that getting information from humans is a more complex and specialized process. But, he says, “abstractly, we are doing the same kind of thing — just different models, and different ways of determining cognitive state from behavioral observation.” As technology becomes more and more complex, Georgeff says “machines will have to have cognitive states much like humans (i.e., beliefs, desires, intentions and probably something analagous to emotions),” adding that “the NASA work was really a forerunner in this area.”

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  • Digital Immortality – Download The Mind By 2050!
    Quote: “If you draw the timelines, realistically by 2050 we would expect to be able to download your mind into a machine, so when you die it’s not a major career problem,’ Pearson told The Observer. “If you’re rich enough then by 2050 it’s feasible. If you’re poor you’ll probably have to wait until 2075 or 2080 when it’s routine. We are very serious about it. That’s how fast this technology is moving: 45 years is a hell of a long time in IT.”

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  • Brainstorm – infusing robots with cognition!
    Quote:
    GOTHENBURG, Sweden–The digital battlefield of the future could be closer than we anticipated, as scientists continue to make headway in the design and development of autonomous robots… .. The Institute of Robotics in Scandinavia (iRobis) in Gothenburg, Sweden, has readied for use the world’s first “complete cognitive software system for robotics,” says a representative. The software, called Brainstorm, is designed to transform robots into adaptive, problem-solving, “thinking” machines… Brainstorm employs an automated, genetic programming (GP) methodology inspired by natural evolution, as well as learning/adaptive mechanisms that can be adjusted to requirements and turned on or off. The software system adapts automatically to the robot’s onboard sensors, builds a model of the robot on which it is installed, and automatically writes control programs for the robot’s movements. As the robot explores, Brainstorm models its environment and its learning/adaptive system enables the robot to evolve from its experiences…

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  • FT article about AI outstripping Human Intelligence
    Quote: Google and Nasa’s backing demonstrates the growing mainstream acceptance of Mr Kurzweil’s views, which include a claim that before the middle of this century artificial intelligence will outstrip human beings, ushering in a new era of civilisation.

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  • Life imitating art or what eh!
    N-Trance’s The Mind Of The Machine (MOTM) was released back in 1997 but as a kind of ‘EP’ – it was always meant to be a full album but with one thing and another happening in that busy time it never got finished. That has now changed as Kevin O’Toole has finally (after 11years or so) got around to completing this part finished project! That is the good news – the bad news is that the album is only being released as a download – currently it is available on itunes and other download sites are to follow I’m told – the record label “All around The World” has also got details plus a link to itunes on it’s homepage – the full download costs just under a fiver so it sounds like very good value to me. Here is the full tracklisting:
    1. The Mind Of The Machine
    2. E.M.F.
    3. Tears In The Rain
    4. Planet B
    5. Violent Mechanical Psychopath
    6. Free Running
    7. So High
    8. The Earth Is Dying
    9. Deep Blue

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  • Notes:
    Kevin O’Toole says that E.M.F. was meant to include a rap originally but times constraints mitigated against that – I think the track stands up anyway.
    The song “Tears In The Rain” was inspired by one of the later scenes in the Blade Runner where Roy Batty (the dying replicant played by Rutger Haur) says to Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford):-
    I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.
    Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
    I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
    All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
    Time to die.
    Track 4 – Planet B will sound very familiar to N-Trance fans – this is because their 2002 hit “Forever” was based on this track! (very ‘back to the future’ eh!)
    Track 5 – Violent Mechanical Psychopath was also released back in 1997 with the title track – yet to this day I find it very difficult to listen to without dancing round the room – sometimes rather tricky esp. when I still got my headset on!
    Track 6 – Free Running(new track) is a somewhat wistful change of mood and tempo but the vocals here sung by Jerome Stokes are faultless and this is another of those tracks that seem to get better with subsequent plays.
    Track 7 – So High is pretty much an instrumental track and an almost soporific track but this only prepares you for…
    Track 8 – The Earth Is Dying!!(new track) This is N-Trance at their very EPIC best. I defy anyone to listen to this without getting swept away by the sheer majesty of the musical arrangement!
    Track 9 – Deep Blue -Maybe this is based on IBM’s chess playing computer by the same name that famously beat the then world champion chess player Gary Kasperov in 1997, or it could be named after their first recording studio also called ‘deep blue’ back in 1996 – then again the lyrics (sang beautifully by Kelly Llorenna) suggest something more deeply meaningful and the albums theme “the mind of the machine” (vocalised by Stephen Berkoff) is repeated hauntingly as the track reaches it’s conclusion – a perfect wrap up ending for an album that was long overdue yet so perfectly in tune with todays zeitgeist!

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    ~ by lenfirewood on February 11, 2009.

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