Can you imagine resurrecting one of the great thinkers of antiquity? Or being able to chat with your favorite author who died centuries ago? This was the bet made by the Encuentros del Futuro Foundation through a multidisciplinary team of national researchers who, thanks to artificial intelligence, managed to train an algorithm to simulate the consciousness of the most important scientist in human evolution, Charles Darwin.
This complex project will be presented at the opening ceremony of Congresso FuturoThrough an interview between biologist and journalist – and director of the television sector of Congresso Futuro – Paloma Avila, which invites us to consider the limits of scientific and moral development, The interview will be oriented towards providing possible answers and solutions that Darwin would have provided today, particularly on the effects of the climate crisis and problems affecting human society today.
initiative through “Metahuman” (a realistic virtual avatar) The United Kingdom-born naturalist is currently led by the Merlin Research companies for the technology platforms of Microsoft and Quantico; CNN Future; national screenwriter Julio Rojas; Encuentros del Futuro Foundation, in association with VTR Foundation, who after months of work present a project called “Metadialogues”.
“a fusion of science and art that includes Recreate the thoughts of the great figures of our civilization and transport them to an interactive universe to have a natural and spontaneous dialogue with anyone who wants to talk to them. For years we wanted to approach the topic of virtual universes, we wanted to do something different, pass through the cosmic dimension and be able to talk with the great thinkers who shaped and often changed our knowledge. I imagine a boy who skips his class to have coffee with Darwin to talk about evolution or René Descartes to understand places on a map”, said Mauro Arancibia, CEO of Merlin Research.
Although the impact of having Charles Darwin on stage at the event is episodic, for the creators of the project it is the awareness of animation that is the true commitment of scientific work, Since algorithms capable of processing everything they wrote in life, be it letters, notes, books and scientific publications, were trained to guess the answers. that data collection process allowed artificial intelligence to understand How was thought and depth related in Darwin’s analysis?, Then relevant information from his time and the historical milestones he lived were added to produce a result similar to reality, and later to solve the temporal problem (Darwin died in 1882), contemporary Various writings by authors who followed his line were included. , Better known as “Darwinists”.
Answers provided by this artificial intelligence They are completely autonomous and are typical of the consciousness that this technique assumed after studying the scientific, understand his followers and their way of reasoning. That is why he can only answer about what Darwin lived and what he and his followers wrote, Which shows that there is a disturbing accuracy in his answers on contemporary topics.
“After this stage, we worked on how this artificial intelligence could feed back through a simulated system, What would Darwin say if he was alive today? This allowed us to talk about climate change, despite the fact that he never managed to quantify the crisis we are facing and for this we have drawn from followers of Darwin’s ideas, i.e. Darwinists, various authors have contributed to this line of thought, throughout time and in different decades, and therefore, we were able to incorporate concepts into artificial intelligence that are more contemporary, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity , and artificial intelligence itself ”, explains the director of Metadialogues the project and executive director of the Fundación Encuentros del Futuro, Nicolás Fernández.
In parallel, while the artificial intelligence was learning to “think” like Darwin, Julio Rojas, author and screenwriter of the famous audio series Caso 63, and the editor of CNN Futuro, Paloma Ávila, planned the projection and simulation of interviews to guide conversation. with the meta-humans.
“If Darwin could come back to life what would you ask him? That was the underlying question we asked when we began this experiment, and as an admirer of his life and work, I felt privileged to participate and hear his answers. We are on the verge of radical change in education, in our relationship with history and with great thinkers. Boys and girls would no longer encounter a static authority figure, an idol or great thinkers from the books, but would be able to interact and generate knowledge informally with wise men like Darwin and in the figure of metahumans with artificial intelligence. many others.” Rojas explained.
the project is intended Keep training the system to be able to rely on other great thinkers of the past in 2023, Those who have to fulfill the condition of writing enough to make their way of thinking.