last update: 2018 03 24


The ability to complete a certain task.


Intelligence means movement of things.
Useful intelligence (ability) and useful work is the same.
Even the most primitive machine is intelligent.

Machine ability

By definition a machine has one or more abilities.

Complex ability

A complex ability involves the use of other abilities.

Use of other abilities by communication.
Exponential increase of power is achieved by growth and parallelism (= things or operations at different places at the same time, IMO).

Creation of machine abilities

The great benefit of intelligent machines and persons is the ability to find knowledge and abilities that were not known and understood before.

Persons will continue to create machines with useful abilities.

Machines can create useful abilities by experiment and learning:
Today, limited machines can try actions and create abilities in limited spaces.
In the future, less limited machines can try actions and create abilities in less limited spaces.

Why advance machine abilities

Not improving and creating more abilities means:

Protection against harmful beings

The best way might be:

Self-awareness, self-consciousness

See here.

Drive, motivation

See here.