Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s Guide to AN Apocalypse. In this series we will examine some of the most popular Holocaust days practiced by modern AI experts.
It is very easy to think of new ways to destroy robots. We are very squishy. But what if AI doesn’t want us to die? May our future overlords see our weaknesses and, in their infinite benevolence, choose us to upgrade. Perhaps humanity becomes extinct through evolution rather than destruction.
You are welcome Hive Mind. Your every thought is also everyone’s thinking. You share the same intelligence with the whole world. There is no difference in you, others on the planet, a ‘smart’ garage door opener, and the computer that controls all of us. Exist as an extension of you AllYou are like a toenail cell or a sphincter muscle – a small but important piece of being more.
The idea of an AI-powered hivemund that forcefully enlists sentimental creatures is a science fiction trope born of existential fear. The big idea is that we will eventually build a common AI (GAI) with better intelligence to humans and find out how we build all cyberbobs that connect directly to the mother server (or whatever the bot calls it ).
As to why it would do this, it is anyone’s guess. Perhaps it pities us and wants to take care of us. We are a predatory, self-destructive species that can apparently use some adult supervision. If AI were to be convinced about the sanctity of human life, it would make sense that it wanted to jam a brain computer interface (BCI) into our skull so that it could fix our source code.
Perhaps it would not be a favorable AI that converts us to the ultimate social network. Perhaps we’ll loose a sinful GAI which, after scanning YouTube for about 90 seconds, we determine a lost cause and decide to rule us through the Hive subjugation.
If you are depicting an alien Borg species from Star Trek, then you are in the right ballpark, but consider that our mother’s server is a terrestrial design. Instead of losing a battle to humanity in a war with rogue robot-persons from another galaxy, Smart Money says that we will be the architects of our own demise.
Facebook and Neuralink (an Elon Musk startup) are both working on BCI and GAI. Think about that for a second. With virtually unlimited money, two companies are working on projects together to create emotional machines And Human mind interface to computer.
And we still haven’t figured out how the human brain functions. The complex constructions of our biological neural networks remain a mystery even to the most educated scientists of our species. What happens when we give a clever AI access to our complete brain network? There is a better chance than zero that it will crack our code and figure out how to fire each individual neuron in our brain like a conductor of a massive orchestra.
Of course, we can take a deep breath and breathe a sigh of relief as Facebook, Neuralink and all the other billions and trillions of dollars of companies trying to solve the GAI, build an orange computer intelligence somewhere. Are not. And that means we can formulate and pass rules and set software checks and hardware limits to ensure that AI never regains control of our brains.
But maybe we won’t. Some scientists are afraid of us Powerless To prevent the inevitable growth of machines. AI expert Lance Eliot, a former Stanford professor, recently published an article linking COVID-19, Neanderthal DNA, and self-driving cars to mankind’s superwinting robots eventually linked to Hivmond takeovers.
Eliot recently wrote about a study that, perhaps due to the hidden Neanderthal DNA, some people are more sensitive to COVID-19. It cannot separate from the surface, in fact there is speculation that hidden DNA features may be very much responsible for the human condition. This study is yet to be reviewed, but if it turns out it could go a long way towards explaining why some people seem more susceptible to COVID-19 than others.
He then takes it a step further and reveals that these hidden “DNA triggers”, not necessarily actions on a disease or resulting physical reaction. For instance, they may be motivated to psychological consequences by watching certain novels.
You wake up one morning and see some self-driving cars hovering around you.
It is amazing and you are happy to see them and smile from ear to ear.
Logically and rationally arriving at such a conclusion may be a big part of your reaction, or your Neanderthal descendant DNA, that you can gladly accept AI and to welcome these new AI-based intruders Encourage you
This is certainly a lot of speculation – Eliot even wonders whether today’s political divide can be attributed to the DNA trigger. But there is some substance there. Many of us wonder “what’s wrong” with those who disagree with us on what seems to be a clearly unilateral subject.
Why are some people basically unashamedly opposed to the idea of ”cyborgs” and others? The simple answer to this is that we are rational, thoughtful beings capable of deciding how we feel about something without the need for some kind of chemical plot to explain our differences.
But the hard answer, which we may have to worry about one day, is that no matter what happens, there will always be a significant percentage of the population with predictions for self-destructive behavior. The fact that the world’s governments are currently threatening human extinction for having enough nuclear weapons tells us how properly we are prepared to risk power.
This tells us that when machines engage us, it will most likely not happen through force. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are not forcing us to use them and we are definitely included. In fact we are paying for privileges in mental health and data. Consider how much we are collectively damaging our brains for the dopamine hits that came from online meditation.[Read: Elon Musk claims his brain chip can stimulate your pleasure center]
No, chances are, all machines will need to completely dominate our species, a passive proposition of power and control.
When Highwind arrives, it will not point a machine gun at you, it will grant you heaven and say “Install this new chip in your brain and you will never feel pain, sorrow or fear.” Humanity is not ready for that type of fight.
Published July 27, 2020 – 19:05 UTC