got onto this site via search for you because I’m reading Zhang. I read a lot of sci-fi/weird fiction. Yours is so very, very good. Anyway, about this post. . .The Turing test for AI is, can you tell the difference between an AI and a human answering the same questions anonymously. Point being that you’re never going to get that complete interactivity until AI is developed which will not be anytime soon. No-one can yet really define intelligence or consciousness. No-one can explain why humans react to a sunset, or have a sense of humour. True AI will require an independant personality, not a facsimile of whoever programmed it. . .any true AI has to be allowed to grow and discover via experience, a point far better made by Ian M Banks.
You asked why people go to extreme lengths to take part. Simple. People just want to belong. You’re giving them a new club, better a new tribe. . .and one they can leave whenever it gets boring. My only quibble, when techniques like yours are used by an advertiser to target me with a specific product. Unless its Apple, of course, or something else I really want!
Great BNlog, superb writing, thanks so much.
PS: Absolutely gob-smacked (yes, I’m English) at how accurate your fashion forecasts are in Zhang, let alone the technology.