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Name our Overlord

Who names whom?
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(HLI is an abbreviation [mine, as far as I know] for Human-Level Intelligence)

As we approach a moment in human history where computational power may soon exhibit simulated self-awareness, I propose that we decide now on a moniker by which we will refer to the first A.I. Something simple, likely two syllables. Not too gender specific, and not too pedestrian. Something that sounds like a name, but doesn't carry any intrinsic meaning in the language of its' origin.

Obvious entries to skip are Google, SkyNet, Siri, Penis, XKCD, and Bob.

I imagine several approaches to ascertaining this name. Either write a bit of software to churn out all the possibly pronounceable combinations of 2-to-8 letter, duosyllabic words and sift through the results via HLI. Or, poll a full half of the world's population and sift through those results for common entries. Maybe put all the world's linguists together in a room and have them linguistically sort it. Or perhaps, let the A.I. name itself, which is exactly the opposite of the idea that I propose.

absterge, Oct 17 2015

List of fictional computers https://en.wikipedi...fictional_computers
[Voice, Oct 17 2015]


       Who says we'd get to name it?   

       "What's your dog's name?"
"He wouldn't tell us, so we just call him Rex."
MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 17 2015

       Kerrigan? Unity? ...   

       // write a bit of software to churn out all the possibly pronounceable combinations of 2-to-8 letter, duosyllabic words //   

       That would produce all of the names of G-d, triggering the end of the world per that one science fiction story.
sninctown, Oct 17 2015

Ian Tindale, Oct 17 2015


       The Borg.   

       // that one science fiction story //   

       "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke.
8th of 7, Oct 17 2015

       OilE or Alectricity
wjt, Oct 17 2015

Loris, Oct 17 2015

       { 00200f13 -6de5 -4481 -9f5c -3654b1 54610a }
pashute, Oct 17 2015

       Yes, yes, of course. Also, Sith, Pew-Pew, Shodan, and 2001. *sigh*...   

       [pashute], that IDentifier may be Globally Unique, but I'm having a hard time fitting it to two or three syllables. (are you humorously referring to something specific, or did you make that up randomly?)
absterge, Oct 17 2015

       ...or Artie.   

tatterdemalion, Oct 17 2015

       Bob gets my vote. Anyway, back at the question of souls....
not_morrison_rm, Oct 17 2015

4and20, Oct 18 2015

       Au Scan
AusCan531, Oct 18 2015

       ^ We saw what you did there. Stop it.
8th of 7, Oct 18 2015

MaxwellBuchanan, Oct 18 2015

Ian Tindale, Oct 18 2015

po, Oct 18 2015

       gr. "Who names whom?"
pertinax, Oct 18 2015

       The thing is, are we going to have to do this to each successive self aware ai? There’ll come a time where it will be apparent that if they’re all that, they’ll give themselves the name, and tell us what it is. We can’t be expected to do that all the time. So start with the first and not give it a name.   

       The other thing is, what defines self aware? I don’t think there’s any reason to specify simulated self awareness — by simulating it, it is doing it for real. Same as us. It’s probably a fairly simple mechanism.   

       I still think it’s opening a potential can of minefields to do all this boundary defining classification. Dangerous, I tell you. There’ll come a time once proper intelligence is able to get up and running, where we try and define and classify, and end up disqualifying ourselves from classification as intelligent, sentient, cognisant or self aware. We just think we are.
Ian Tindale, Oct 18 2015

       I prefer to go by Rayford, thanks.   

       Or sometimes Cthulhu.   

       May I introduce my wife, GlaDOS?
RayfordSteele, Oct 18 2015

       Moniker D. Generator
xandram, Oct 19 2015

       Bow wow.
blissmiss, Oct 19 2015

       Upvote for not_morrison_rm.
DrBob, Oct 19 2015

       Yep. Anything but him...
RayfordSteele, Oct 20 2015

       //Au Scan//   

       At least we could then pretend it was invented by somebody French
Gordon Comstock, Oct 21 2015

       Apologies, [pertinax], my error was clear to me the moment you mentioned it.   

       I guess 'Bob' is as good as anything else, really. How many Roberts' friends will we legitimately confuse this way?
absterge, Oct 21 2015

       None, because he doesn't have any.
8th of 7, Oct 21 2015

       Can we dress it up in a Kimono and call him Associate Bob?
RayfordSteele, Oct 21 2015


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