How AI Could Become The Greatest Threat Facing Mankind

Sometime in the next fifty years….in the next twenty years…probably in the next FIVE years…

Artificial Intelligence – AI

Some individual with a massive IQ, little to no concept of human interaction, a globalist view, and a thirst for being at the cutting edge of AI will press the data key and set in motion something that might become the final threat to mankind…..

No this isn’t science fiction, this is fact.

 

 

Forbes: “Why Facebook Shut Down Its Artificial Intelligence Program That Went Rogue”   8/16/17

“In experimenting with language learning, a research algorithm ended up deviating from human language in a way that wasn’t really useful… it started generating what one might call “functional gibberish”. It was functional in that it continued to carry information, but it wasn’t very efficient or useful…The result was intriguing because it showed the algorithm’s capacity for generating its own encoding scheme, and also showed what can happen with unconstrained feedback in an automated social language product.” as described by Paul King, Computational Neuroscientist, Data Scientist, Technology Entrepreneur, on Quora.

 

However, is this a “techie” attempt to soothe the fears of the general populace or a realistic explanation? What would have happened had that program continued its “capacity for its own encoding scheme” without being noticed by humans? Could that happen some day?

Independent: “Robots shut down after they start talking to each other in their own language.” 07/31/17.

“The two chatbots came to create their own changes to English that made it easier for them to work – but which remained mysterious to the humans that supposedly look after them…The bizarre discussions came as Facebook challenged its chatbots to try to negotiate with each other over a trade, attempting to swap hats, balls and books, each of which were given a certain value. But they quickly broke down as the robots appeared to chant at each other in a language that they each understood but which appears mostly incomprehensible to humans. The robots had been instructed to work out how to negotiate between themselves, and improve their bartering as they went along. But they were not told to use comprehensible English, allowing them to create their own “shorthand”, according to researchers.

Facebook’s experiment isn’t the only time that artificial intelligence has invented new forms of language. Earlier this year, Google revealed that the AI it uses for its Translate tool had created its own language, which it would translate things into and then out of. But the company was happy with that development and allowed it to continue. Another study at OpenAI found that artificial intelligence could be encouraged to create a language, making itself more efficient and better at communicating as it did so.”

Note at the end of the article makes this point: This article has been amended to stress that the experiment was abandoned because the programs were not doing the work required, not because they were afraid of the results, as has been reported elsewhere.”

 

Is this also a bid to soothe the fears of the public or is it not a problem now but could become one if the group chooses to continue despite their reprogramming themselves?

 

Here is a story that might bring this home:

 

 

Boston Dynamics who built Sophia and other similar robots sold the company to Google and then in June 2017 was purchased by SoftBank from Japan. SoftBank also acquired another robot company from Alphabet, parent company of Google.

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So let’s say a company sets up an AI system that takes over all human jobs — what are humans then supposed to do? What happens if those same AI programs begin evolving with their new learning programs and decides that humans have become totally irrelevant and decide to eliminate them entirely?

The question is now that AI companies are being passed around as if they are normal company acquisitions, what happens if one major company decides to acquire ALL AI discoveries and companies or said company is not ethical or is unable to prevent someone from going too far in their research?

Or what happens when someone decides to make an AI program autonomous and then doesn’t provide a way to safeguard that program so that AI talk with each other, develop their own languages, and then recode themselves so that humans have no ability to halt their activities?

This isn’t fiction as you saw in the Facebook video. It HAS happened. This more than likely won’t be an earthshaking event like a bomb or a volcano. It might easily be so subtle and deeply embedded within the program that the data program creator or definitely most humans cannot even detect their lives are being completely taken over.

AI can and has helped improve some medical concepts already. For somethings AI is a reasonable alternative. But for those in more professional fields, I wouldn’t get to comfortable feeling like just manual labor type jobs are at stake. In one Australian video, there was an experiment where a paralegal went head to head with an AI on some legal question. The AI solved the problem in less than a minute (including researching worldwide data) and it took the trained paralegal almost three minutes to come up with something that was believed to be correct. The AI came up with basically the same conclusion with far more accuracy and using very little time. The same could happen with doctors, etc…now do you see?

The really scary part?  In that same Aussie video, during the round table discussion, a millennial casually without hesitation and seemingly unaware of the enormity of what he was saying discusses that at some point in the future HUMANS WILL NEED TO MERGE WITH AI in order to continue to survive.

The bizarre other dimension realm comes in when you think about when most jobs are replaced by robots. Humans no longer have income to provide for their needs. So even the ultra-wealthy “tech” groups end up doing themselves out of business AND the AI robots now become the king of the hill in the food chain. 

So who or what is the greatest threat to the human race?  Human stupidity.

–Uriel–

 

This stuff is totally frightening but definitely something we need to consider.

Congressional committee on AI, September 2017 –   https://youtu.be/fl-uYVnsEKc

Billionaires on Artificial Intelligence, AI (Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Jack Ma) October 2017  – https://youtu.be/b08udI6MSR8

About Uriel

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14 Responses to How AI Could Become The Greatest Threat Facing Mankind

  1. Terry says:

    Damn it Uriel…I knew I should have just read the Sunday comics and worked on the crossword puzzle.
    We have been dealing with AI and NI (No Intelligence) from the left for many years, but this is some really scary stuff.

    • Uriel says:

      😳 🙈🙉🙊. lol Terry. ME TOO

      Blame it on my son! He got interested and watched several YouTube videos yesterday. I finally hid in my room, it scared me so bad!

  2. Dave says:

    Call me an alarmist if you must, but I have been a fairly solid proponent of the Terminator syndrome for some time. The only difference between the movie and real life will be the absence of time travel to facilitate the protection of the eventual resistance leader. In the Bible it says (referring to the great flood) next time the earth will be destroyed by fire. I always interpreted that to mean earth would drift into the sun. It could be that the eventual war between humans and machines will end in a series of giant explosions and consequent fires.

    • Uriel says:

      Hi Dave. If as we were warned in the Bible things would be as in the days of Noah………boy have the “archeologists gotten primitive history wrong…just saying.

  3. BrianR says:

    “What happens if those same AI programs begin evolving with their new learning programs and decides that humans have become totally irrelevant and decide to eliminate them entirely?”

    Simple. We pull the plug out of the wall. End of problem.

  4. Uriel says:

    Remember folks computers run nearly Every aspect of life today Period. They have data banks on every consumer and control nearly everything we do. Their nearly instaneous ability to communicate across the globe and download any data makes this a mind numbing threat.

  5. Wise Owl says:

    There is no solution. If banned (not that it would be wise), it would go on in clandestine labs. AI programs that come up with medical breakthroughs are one thing, but autonomous robots– perhaps weaponized by cops or military– using AI could indeed be quite dangerous, as you’ve pointed out. But, so are biological and chemical weapons, and weapons in general. AI can be used or it can be misused– it’s the next step in technology. And, as Alan Kurzweil suggested, an evolved AI with mobility will likely create a new “entity” and leave primitive humans to their own foibles. It would serve no useful purpose to harm humans because it would go off and explore the universe.

  6. Wise Owl says:

    As for merging with it, we already have, if you use a cellphone that listens to you voice commands and autocorrects your fat-fingering. In the next few decades, we will have thought-controlled computing/communication where just thinking a topic wil immediately look up all known information about it from all corners of the world– a built-in Wikipedia, if you will.

    And you don’t try to exterminate all species from which we’ve evolved; why would an artificial lifeform bother with harming humans? I agree with Kurzweil– we will become irrelevant to the new lifeform and they will leave us to explore and self-serve.

  7. vonMesser says:

    For 75 or more years science fiction has been warning against “self-replicating code”

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