The Kardashev scale, a method of measuring a civilization’s level of technological advancement based on the amount of energy a civilization’s ability to use, was proposed by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev in 1964.
Existential Intelligence is our unique construct at Numorpho Cybernetic Systems (NUMO) for future sentient beings (natural or artificial or hybrid) that have the capability of evolving. Just as DNA enables biological forms to develop physical features (“artifacts”), perceive, morph and learn from the environment and change (evolve), these next-generation forms will have the ability to develop or evolve unique characteristics, to have intrinsic code and the capacity to adapt. It is possible that our growing scientific understanding of epigenetic processes of adaptation and change could be eventually implemented in the functioning of future Existentially Intelligent Beings (EIBs), be it earthlings, space-lings or starlings.
Dr. Vinekar is a physician, philosopher and a subject matter expert in Eastern and western thinking and professor Emeritus of my alma mater, the University of Oklahoma’s Health and Medical Sciences college. When I started my first company, Mindware in 1996 to create a model driven basis for IT architecture (what has now morphed into what we call no code), I was also dabbling into the structure of written and spoken language. It is then that my uncle suggested to use the grammar of Sanskrit and Korean to formulate the basis for translation of NLP based constructs (companies like OpenAI and AI21 have now taken a lead on it). Since then, he has been advising me on the basis of instilling intelligence into human-machine interactions. More recently we have published several papers on what we call Existential Intelligence (EI) whose basis is to utilize a 5th order of Cybernetics (which we are also defining) to make AI more pragmatic, sentient, contextual and actionable. This has become the basis for new AI of late where tenets proposed by David Chalmers (the hard problem of consciousness) and Judea Pearl (the ladder of Causality, correlation is not causation) and where companies like Deep Mind and Causal AI are doing pioneer work to make AI/ML less brittle.