I feel like I am on a different planet much of the time, as the normal conversation in the world is about things, people and acquiring more shiny objects. I was talking about the reality of where the robotic meets AI world is heading and the possibilities of it, and I get blank stares, silence, and, “why do you even think about that stuff?”
“because if someone doesn’t, you are just going to be sucked into the system and think you are living while throwing up the moniker, “freedom!” when you are actually controlled and in some ways enslaved. I look at the current debt loads inside the USA for many and think, “freedom? looks more like a lot of people running on the gerbil wheel and thinking, “isn’t this great!”
sorry, morning coffee and the brainstorm has not kicked in. I am writing up documents about where all the ideas and projects are going and I think we have a simplified and streamlined way to make them all reality. as much as I hate writing documents like this – it does force you to see if you thought everything through. what is interesting as one ages - is the size and type of company one wants to work with. when you are younger, I think you are motivated more about the size of your check, bonus, title, and awards? as you age, you simply look for work that is inspiring and you are passionate about doing – waking up each day excited about the possibilities and problems to find a solution for.
yesterday I briefly talked about sex robots and people get squeamish. It has me wonder, “were these people born under a rock? don’t realize sex is a giant industry? or maybe they don’t like sex? I don’t really know.” what does creep me out about that entire industry is that while I can think of a few pro’s for the issue – the cons are very dark in that humans will not have to deal with the reality of other humans much in the future. they can just dial up what they want and voila…bury any real issues that might be better looked at and worked on.
the same is the case for security, warfare, and law enforcement….yet, the reality is that you soon can have (if they already don’t) construct an army from the tiny specks to giant large elements that swarm, can work autonomously, and be scarily lethal – all while not suffering any human collateral damage on your own side. if you were a war planner or some police chief, this sounds like nirvana for an idea.
the downside is much like the sex robots – it will simply sanitize and gloss over that one is destroying another human life and/or senses. I wager the future will be more about destroying senses and controlling the mind than actually causing physical destruction on the planet. the speed of modern warfare today to unleash horrific amounts of devastation in a short period of time is scary. what I worry about is when advanced AI and deep learning and machine learning is applied to these new robots – there is not going to be a trip wire, or a safety net to slow down any action or activity. it will all be amplified, and most likely will not bode well for humanity, rather a portion of it.
in China you have full-time surveillance society in action in a few very large cities. from a technological side, I think it is amazing. you monitor school kids to see who is happy and conforming with behaviors. you monitor your traffic and see who is jaywalking to keep civility. I think this can be great if humans use the technology wisely, yet, history has shown us over and over that greed, lust for power, and getting an edge to game the system and then selling it to the highest bidder - is probably the way these same technologies will go.
what happens when the ethic or “acceptable behavior” is not met? will a creative kid who is a bit different be sent to a reprogramming camp? will anyone doing anything that according to the letter of the law is wrong simply be rounded up? (read an interesting book that says in a day you commit three felonies) and if you amp up the ideological or belief dial…what do you do with someone that thinks, does or acts in a way the system thinks is not acceptable? will a lot of people start disappearing or vanishing?
“where is bob?”
“bob…you know, the guy that lived here for 12 years?”
“never heard of him, I advise you if you want to stay here, you never heard of him either.”
we are playing with the least expensive sensors out there for our plants and people research. it is a far cry from what is really available with sensitivity and reliability of MILSPEC or Medical tolerances. but what about the machines that start, much like someone telling you what you think or did in a conversation, and not express what they feel or think you did – and you have all these robots simply running around, completely wrong, yet you are at the mercy of some algorithms that are simply wrong.
how will you feel if you are the unlucky one caught in the system?
I close with thinking about going to see the movie where a guy I got to know, “Peter” was an actual character in the real-life story. when I thought about all the people in history that have simply been lined up and slaughtered or put on a path to eradicate – I get sick in the stomach, as I have seen the images of simply normal folks lined up and life is snuffed out of them for someone’s ideological, religious, political, monetary, or military reason.
now imagine living in a world where swarms of these amazing machines can do this with scary and frightening accuracy – with the wrong algorithm to lead it to act?
no one is going to give up their autonomous lethal robots. it would be like asking the people that decide to create war, “go ahead, send all your loved ones to the front lines first!” that act would have people stop and think a bit more – but the reality is the people at the top somehow have an invincibility feeling and/or their pride overcomes what might be a better choice for the people they lead?
instead…when someone has an army of bots….they will use them. you don’t think all the conflicts around the world are actually for a real reason and/or an excuse to test out the latest tech that has been developed, do you?
what was that joke, “boo…it's a ghost!” brought to you by the shadow war people of the world.
learning to love would be so much more beneficial to the planet, no? human to bot does not qualify.