The following document explains why personal Websites are the way of the future and how personal Websites will become the "next big thing" in the field of artificial intelligence since the Internet. Note that my concept of a Website extends vastly beyond most Websites in their present form. This article was inspired by a an email discussion with Richard Stallman and contains a principle that was known to me subconsciously and was only brought into my conscious mind from that discussion.
Websites have the following advantages over ink and paper text books:
If you want your Website to outlive your material existence then you should use a free web host. A non-free web host will expire when the money stops flowing to the web host, such as possibly on the death of the Website owner. A free web host on the other hand will last indefinitely forward into the future "to infinity and beyond", containing a snapshot of the extent of your knowledge.
To increase the page ranking of your Website under Google's search engine you need to complete one of the following two steps:
Note: If anyone can think of another way to increase the ranking of your Website then I would welcome an email containing that information.
The Internet is the most advanced form of technology at the present time and as such is a rudimentary Artificial Intelligence (A.I), just like steam engines, the telephone network and computers were at the times that those were the most advanced form of technology. Computers are less of an A.I. than the Internet because they are not tolerant to faults or damage, whereas the Internet was designed since its inception to survive a nuclear war and is therefore highly tolerant to failures of large parts of itself.
The preferences of an individual human being can be categorised into the following groups (in alphabetical order):
To gain an insight into how a person thinks the best way that we have at this point in time is to study that person's preferences in each of the above areas. To those of you who dismis the matter of humour as being not relevant to the understanding of how a mind works, I would say to you that on the contrary, a person's sense of humour is the most important quality that a person can have because without it, life is nothing but one tragedy followed by another. As the saying goes: our understanding of the most important things in life (like a sense of humour, morality and aesthetics) is the least certain and our understanding of the least important things in life (like logic and mathematics) is the most certain. Social preferences are important because to estimate a person's intelligence the best way is to study the intelligence of that person's friends.
The key reason for why Websites will be the next big thing in artificial intelligence research since the Internet is that Websites can be used to "reboot yourself into existence" or "self-rebooting" for short. Here is an explanation of what I mean by this:
Imagine you have a person who is a clone of yourself or is otherwise similar to yourself in the wiring of their brain. Imagine that they are looking at your Website. What information would you put on your Website so that this younger version of yourself can come to gain all of the knowledge and wisdom that you have gained over the course of your life?
Rebooting yourself into existence is only a good idea if that person has something positive to offer humanity but most of us do. By my estimate, true artificial intelligence (where A.I. surpasses the human race) will probably not eventuate for about 100 years. Before that time self-rebooting will be the best way to perpetuate ourselves. Here are some examples of features that a good Website should have:
It is left as an exercise for the reader to add more items to this list. An empirical scientist like Einstein left a legacy that was mainly a dry empirical theory but more than this is required for self-rebooting. What is known is about his other preferences is mainly known from anecdotal accounts rather than from any writing that he wrote.
Sexual selection is something of a lottery because the smartest people do not have the smartest children. In the future we will use human cloning rather than sexual selection. For example: imagine what 10 Einsteins could achieve when they are all working together towards a common goal. Self-rebooting is also more applicable to clones of oneself than other individuals, since other individuals are much less likely to he as highly similar to us as clones of us would be. To those of you who think that cloning is immoral, the answer is S.S.S., meaning that Someone Somewhere at Sometime will do it, regardless of its moral status.
A good question to ask is this: what will be the next big thing after Websites? Possible examples include:
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