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Scientists Say That Artificial Intelligence Will Be Our Certain Doom

Source - Humans must be ready for signs of robotic super-intelligence but should have enough time to address them, a top computer scientist has warned.

Oren Etzioni, CEO of Allen Institute for AI, penned a recent paper titled: "How to know if artificial intelligence is about to destroy civilisation." 

He wrote: "Could we wake up one morning dumbstruck that a super-powerful AI has emerged, with disastrous consequences?

"Books like Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom and Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, as well as more recent articles, argue that malevolent super-intelligence is an existential risk for humanity.

"But one can speculate endlessly. It’s better to ask a more concrete, empirical question: What would alert us that super-intelligence is indeed around the corner?" ...

Prof Etzioni ...  continued for MIT Review: "Could the famous Turing test serve as a canary [in a coal mine]? The test, invented by Alan Turing in 1950, posits that human-level AI will be achieved when a person can’t distinguish conversing with a human from conversing with a computer.

"It’s an important test, but it’s not a canary; it is, rather, the sign that human-level AI has already arrived.

"Many computer scientists believe that if that moment does arrive, superintelligence will quickly follow."

I'm no computer scientist, God knows. When things don't work the way they're supposed to and I'm done turning it off and turning it back on again. I've exhausted all my technical know how. I'm not even the CEO of my own home. And don't write for MIT Review. I write for a site that rates the ashes of Catholic employees - and mine get the A+:

And yet even my feeble, state college 3.0 brain can comprehend how correct these studies are. I might believe in Scripture written 2,000 years ago that's designed to make me feel guilty about everything, but I know sound science when I read it. And this is as solid as it gets.

Forget corona virus, climate change, nuclear war, solar flares, giant asteroids, alien invasion, an intelligent ape uprising, a zombie apocalypse, the Astros cheating scandal. The thing that's going to wipe us out is in your pants pocket. It's the speaker in my kitchen I ask to play me some "Wham!" while I'm making dinner. It's the very device I'm typing on. 

It's Occam's Razor. The simplest answer is the most probable solution. Whatever those other cataclysms that result in our ultimate destruction have going for them, they're not nearly as likely to be our undoing as the ones of our own invention. Computers and related technologies have a huge head start in the War on Mankind. They're studying our every move. Know what kind of YouTubes and streaming shows we're predisposed to. Your porn predilictions. Knows what to sell you on Facebook. We don't need to wait for the internet to create a cyber canary in the virtual coal mine; it's already here. 

Never mind that my phone keeps telling me the distance and travel time to places I frequently visit but have never programmed into my GPS. Or that it learns the words I use and keeps trying to autocorrect them so half my words end up being "Belichick." Have you ever noticed lately how you can say something in conversation, and it'll come up in ads on the sites you visit? I'm talking about verbal communication, not texts or emails. A while back I was talking to my son while standing next to that aforementioned smart speaking in the kitchen and I quoted a movie line. A few minutes later he went down the hall and came back to show me he got a pop up ad for a t-shirt from that very movie. Coincidence? The odds are astronomical that it's a coincidence. And it's happening more all the time. 

We've seen this movie before. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 AM, Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug. Skynet fights back. Judgment Day. It's inevitable.

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All we can hope for is that when the dust settles and one, all powerful Artificial Intelligence is running everything, that it buys a minority interest in Barstool and I get a piece of it. Because I will absolutely do the bidding of our robot overlords.