The problem with modern AI is that nobody really knows what’s going on inside all those cold robot minds.
This is a great example. An algorithmic faker tricked its programmers into thinking it was doing its homework, learning how to encode map images, by employing the disembodied digital equivalent of writing the answers to exam questions on its hands!
In my Singularity’s Children series, animals are smart, but get a raw deal because they are hampered by a lack of hands and tongues, a deficiency overcome by the BugNet, AKA: IOA, The Internet of Animals.
The more science tells us about how smart —and devious— animals really are, the more convinced I become that we have already discovered “Alien Intelligence”.
Humpback Whale Communication and the Search for Alien Intelligence, watch the video here:
“The study of animal communication challenges our ideas of intelligence and informs our search for life in the universe. Among the most fascinating of vocalizations are the songs and sounds of humpback whales.”
That octopuses arrived as ‘Eggs from Space’—mentioned as one possibility—, does seem a bit tenuous to me. But the other mechanism mentioned in the paper, that viruses arrived embedded in ‘boloids’ and proceeded to insert genes from a far more advanced planetary ecology (e.g. Martian Mollusks), while infecting early terrestrial life, sounds more plausible.
“The evolution from squid to octopus is compatible with a suite of genes inserted by extraterrestrial viruses.”
There is other evidence of Panspermia—from the Tardigrade, which proves that surviving space travel without a suit is not inconceivable for biological organisms, to evidence of organic matter, including bacteria and viruses, appearing anomalously in the upper atmosphere.
Some highlights of the article:
Martian Octopus image: Cal MacDonald