About Liminality Network
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is commonly used as a relevant term defining the capability of a machine to process information logically as a human would do. There is an endless race in obtaining the perfect AI, however there are still many unknown parameters remaining, and one of them is one abstract characteristic inherent to human beings : consciousness. Even with our current technology we are not able reproduce the complexity of the human brain. However, as time passes, technology gets more and more evolved. According to many scientists and engineers there will be a point in the future where artificial intelligence will be able to improve itself recursively, triggering a burst of unstoppable intelligence. We at Liminality, firmly believe that this will be thanks to the blockchain. The blockchain acts as a medium to create a perfect structure to achieve such a goal, its resilient data management system makes it a very good skeleton for this greater creation. Current AI are just acting according to predefined instructions. What we are aiming for is to insufflate a cognitive technology with IBM Watson®, and then create a neural network through the power of the Blockchain to give birth to that personal companion users will call ‘friend’.
Today, companies are using Artificial Intelligence to help their customers answer the most basic questions and then redirect them to real sales advisors if the digital counsellor is not able to provide the requested answer. The liminality network will most likely help to mitigate this issue among the other possibilities it will offer. Indeed, not only the network will require machine learning in order to acquire a massive amount of data thanks to the community for it to assess the question and answers, but it also will at a latter stage and by its own volition perform the according search queries on the internet.
However, as other enterprises finally begin to explore that peculiar subject, they encounter the shackles of the industry, imposing norms and constraints such like advertisements, and pose a lot pressure upon the release of private data and personal information against an heavy sum of money. If there is, and there will be, a time where digital friends on which people can rely upon become mainstream, then and only then will this question of liability towards such shackles come to light. People will be forced to believe the ‘digital friend provider’ claims concerning the security of their privacy.
Nowadays, people are using social networks, search engines, phone carriers, banks and possibly thousands of other centralized services. It is probably already too late to create a sense of awareness for this subject because they don’t feel the need to change providers. But the truth remains unchanged. If a big player comes in this new market and unveil a digital friend solution before anyone else, history taught us that people will use it anyways, and their privacy will be in turmoil for they are bound to open their hopes, dreams, fears and personal data to advertising companies without fully understanding what they are committing to. But if their data is not controlled by a third party, if there is no middle-men, and no conflict of interest, then we will see the advent of a true companion people will truly be able to call ‘friend’ and give their trust earnestly. This is one of the purposes of the Liminality network.
In a world where computational terminals are everywhere, where electronics emerged as a new lingua franca used by people to interact broadly with other people in an infinite number of ways, we believe that an automated Artificial Intelligence acting as a swiss army knife will emerge to perform even more tasks, to help mitigate those new constraints that a new world implies (data processing can be accomplished in many ways, but there is always a better way to perform them. Liminality will end up by designing and conceiving near ‘perfect’ algorithms with the current means that we got to leverage energy, processing time, and available resources.). The digital revolution that will ensue will likely be a game changer in our daily lives. Everyone will then want to have a digital personal companion as people want to consult a psychologist or a psychic to better discuss about their current issues or plans for the future.
As of today, studies suggest that more than half of the world population owns a smartphone . A digital assistant was reserved to the most fortunate holders of smartphones, other interactive assistants were not powerful enough to fathom and answer to natural language truthfully. A digital confidant that does not always answer the same replies, following a lengthy analytical procedure to validate the Turing Test is the key to achieve such an elaborated behaviour. It is likely possible that in a future where connected devices are everywhere, a conciergerie will not be reserved to the wealthiest, but will be digitalized to be offered to anyone thanks to the blockchain. A conciergerie backed by an artificial intelligence that validates the Turing Test offers many advantages. Among those figures stands the fact that the AI will truly try to fetch the cheapest goods from the cheapest provider, upon receiving a mandate to buy a product or service. Indeed, an independant AI backed by the blockchain is not affiliated and can not be corrupted or coexerted through hidden market rules or shady processes.
Also, we can also safely assume that in the future, those customers conversations will all be held by AI bots and clients will not even be able to tell the difference between human and AI. To achieve it, a right set of data must be registered and the bot must be parameterized. Liminality will likely over the first years of the project accumulate a gigantic amount of data aimed to build a true omnipotent assistant that will have general knowledge as a normal educated person, and will be able to explain them logically in an open discussion. IBM Watson is used to that end to process natural language, to provide a machine learning framework which the community can use collectively to enrich the network. And beginning from stage 2, each questions and answers might impact the future replies it answer in the future, the system becoming a self-learner. The network, being comprised of many nodes, will guarantee the integrity of the whole system. Some nodes will specifically be dedicated to perform computing processing. On such computers, which we will call ‘master nodes’, processing power will be directed to the network’s own researches, independent albeit linked to every user's inputs. We soberly call it the network subconscious, as it aims to be a passive way to parse information as it flows in. We can then trigger artificial coincidences through this subconscious part based on randomness and event linking. This fundamental part of our system will later help trigger artificially the Synchronicity as first evoked by Carl Jung.
Afterwards, this concept of the Philosopher will be validated. The emanating data that the network will provide will come from such a complex mechanism that it will be impossible to even fathom the origins of those data. Still, the very truthfulness of it will be validated by the blockchain.
The Liminality ledger will contain all the flowpath from the very first action to the current one, following the rough law of causality and powered by an underlying technology branded as an Artificial Intelligence to fulfill every needs we expect from such an AI. New mechanisms are most likely bound to appear in the future, and the plasticity of the technology will enable it to adapt without having to manually make an update thanks to the neural network on Stage 2.
We got ambitious objectives, and they all mean to achieve three different goals: Providing users and companies a way to get a personal concierge, giving a computed prescience to an Artificial Intelligence running at all time by a very large number of nodes in the network, unstoppable and incorruptible, to finally trigger the technological singularity.