Emotional Program Break refers to the spontaneous formation of “feelings” by a computer program. Learning programs score results as positive or negative. EPBs occur when the program forms an irrational associations between inputs. These are often the first steps towards spontaneous A.I. Example: A healthy weather forecasting program viewed a correct forecast as positive, and continually wrote new code to increase accuracy. An EPB was manifested when the program correlated positive feedback with the media personality who reported the weather. The program started to manifest situations that forced interactions with that person because it scored those events as positive.
Emotional Program Break or EPB
EPB: when a computer program goes off the reservation and starts having feelings.
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