First things first. I aspire to reach your level of autism. What a goddamn delight it has been to see you work! Godspeed in your endeavors!
Can we create a new emotion?
If you're willing and able to alter human neurobiology, either via eugenics or some, as yet undiscovered technology, or willing to repurpose the existing limbic system via training in early childhood, then I don't see why not.
The question is what behavior is this emotion supposed to drive? What stimulus is supposed to trigger this emotion?
Or do the epistemological limitations of our existing emotion set barr us from even conceptualizing these new behaviors?
Pattern recognition based upon emotional data
Can you source this? This seems off.
Incidentally, one of the best mathematicians at multidimensional geometry was blind. Because his mind had not been formed to see 3 dimensional space, he could work in higher dimensions. Your sociopath example is someone missing the faculty. The sociopath idea thusly makes sense.
You're taking the notion that intelligence was selected for due to the need to recognize behavior patterns, due to an emotional drive? What about other evolutionary selection pressures, such as the ability to make tools making food consumption vastly easier, etc.?
This is really bloody interesting. I'm particularly fascinated by the notion that aggregates may themselves act as beings.
One thing that I've noticed is that as humans sensory apparatus gets increasingly more sophisticated, via microscopes, telescopes, oscilloscopes, etc, we begin seeing new patterns in nature, and thus come up with new mathematics to explain those patterns. This feeds into:
Interestingly, the more names for colors your language has, the more colors you can perceive. I believe that once you have the names, you can differentiate the colors. I suppose it might be the same with emotions.\
Many autists and mathematicians (lots of overlap there) think in pictures. There is almost certainly a linguistic barrier which creating new symbols can overcome. Though what OP is doing is trying to skip the symbols entirely and get at the driver of behavior itself.
Okay, but wouldn't the pattern recognition facility already have to exist?
I admire your Platonism as well as your Traditionalism. However, the neurological similarities between man and beast would suggest animals do have emotions. They may even have cognitive processes. What they lack are the abilities to manifest language/tool handling. Consequently the motor cortical development, and adjoining perceptive cortical structures are missing, rendering them devoid of the more sophisticated cognitive possibilities offered by language.
So what? You get a bunch of AI's mimicking one another until they invent a new emotion? Then they use these new emotions to come up with new patterns, new math, new science?
Wouldn't the differences and varieties of neuronal structure change the very concept of emotion altogether? How similar would these things even be to human? Would the concept of emotion even translate?
You sir, need to lurk more. This is one of the best discussions I have seen on here in the past couple of years.
Okay, but isn't the manifestation of urges to self-understanding and subsequent self-improvement, such as OP's work, a reaction to and part of the free-market forces which constitute the AI?
This is my own sticking point. I'm of the neurodevelopmental/evolutionary persuasion.
I know why I don't like Civil Rights: from a deontological libertarian perspective they constitute an unjust government intrusion into an institution's right to freedom of association; but I'm not certain why OP doesn't like Civil Rights legislation. I think OP's qualms are something along the lines of: I can stick to my own identity; therefore I can stick to my own identity groups typical pattern of seeing the world; therefore I am susceptible to civil war on demand (see: Arab Spring). It's a way of hardening people against future divisions, by creating current ones.
I'm uncertain as to what dualistic set of human emotions OP is referring to: Tolerance and Intolerance?
OP you wouldn't happen to be an English Professor by any chance would you?
Bud, I don't know enough to say why I think you're wrong, only that I don't think you know enough to properly be right. There just aren't enough steps in your train of thought. Going from energy to ghosts is a huge leap.