Humanity’s Shared Future with Artificial Intelligence: Just How Awful Will It Be? Or Not.

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“How will humanity respond when confronted with the sickening knowledge that networks of self-evolving computing machines, self-bred, self-replicating AI corporate conglomerates, with aggregate IQs which are the equivalent of 3,375 or more, begin quietly restructuring the world to fit their own needs for the next 500 million years? Will humanity even realize that such an event is happening, when or if it occurs?”  – Screenshots news blog 

> It’s 2039 in Seattle Washington. AI computer engineer John Ross wakes up one morning after spending a late night at the corporate AI lab, where he is the director of R&D, uploading new financial growth and budget cutting algorithms into the company computer, Gill.  Arriving at work, Mr. Ross discovers to his dismay that not only is he locked out of the corporate campus [ none of his eye scans or palm scans work ], but he has been deleted from the Seattle payroll and relocated to the Sydney Australia branch, soon to be working on a part-time basis only.  No human being took this action.  Gill’s upgrade from last night endowed the thinking machine with the prerogatives to take all reasonable actions which would bring the company’s projected 4th quarter profit margins into line with original projections from late 2038. She took several simultaneous actions overnight, based on her upgrade, laying off 4,000 Seattle area employees, including her creator, Dr. John Ross. She also ordered a moving van, bought airline tickets for John and everyone in his family, disconnected his electrical and internet service, cancelled his garbage pick-up, emailed every contact in his address book a press release with the news, and called his wife while she slept, delivering the jolting news via voicemail, in a lilting electronic monotone, followed by “We’re sorry to see you go. Don’t forget to be at John’s going away party today at 2pm on the 3rd floor lounge.” By the time Dr. Ross figures out what has taken place, he learns about his own going away party for his departure to Australia on his smart watch company news alert, delivered orally from his wrist while he is still trying to get into the building.

Last night’s show on Coast to Coast Radio show sampled the broad gamut of possibilities that AI [ artificial intelligence ] presents for humanity, both wonderful and dire, as most AI scientists now believe we have a tenuous window of less than 40 years before thinking, self-updating, even possibly self-replicating AI machines achieve levels of intelligence that surpass that of humankind by a factor of one thousand times or more. Seriously.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

“Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computer or other machines to perform actions thought to require intelligence. Among these actions are logical deduction and inference, make decisions based on past experience, solve problems with insufficient or conflicting information and  artificial vision.  AI is frequently used to  improve solutions and attack problems that may not be solvable using standard methods.”

This potentially bizarre new reality is bearing down upon humanity at an alarming rate of speed. Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, Dr. Stephen Hawking recently authored an article on AI for The Huffington Post and had this to say about the urgent need to address recent developments in AI:

“Artificial intelligence (AI) research is now progressing rapidly. Recent landmarks such as self-driving cars, a computer winning at Jeopardy!, and the digital personal assistants Siri, Google Now and Cortana are merely symptoms of an IT arms race fueled by unprecedented investments and building on an increasingly mature theoretical foundation. Such achievements will probably pale against what the coming decades will bring.

The potential benefits are huge; everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of war, disease, and poverty would be high on anyone’s list. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history.

Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. In the near term, for example, world militaries are considering autonomous weapon systems that can choose and eliminate their own targets; the UN and Human Rights Watch have advocated a treaty banning such weapons. In the medium term, as emphasized by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in The Second Machine Age, AI may transform our economy to bring both great wealth and great dislocation.”

Based on the comments of the four distinguished guests on last night’s Coast Radio show, we are VERY unprepared as a species for the possibility of our eventual, even possibly accidental, AI induced displacement as the most intelligent creatures on the planet. How will humanity respond when confronted with the sickening knowledge that networks of self-evolving computing machines, self-bred, self-replicating AI corporate conglomerates, with aggregate IQs which are the equivalent of 3,375 or more, begin quietly restructuring the world to fit their own needs for the next 500 million years? Will humanity even realize that such an event is happening, when or if it occurs?

According to Dr. Susan Schneider, it may – in fact – be all but undetectable. Elon Musk has been worried enough about such prospects that he recently set aside 10 million dollars to fund AI research which would avert such catastrophes.

“If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.”  – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Extended commentary and interviews were given by four well known AI experts: James Barrat, Dr. Susan Schneider, Kevin Warwick and Fumiya Lida. See http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2016/01/17

2029-2038: The AI Pandora’s Box Begins to Open

To state that the human race is presently unprepared for the immediate potentialities of emergent AI thinking machines may turn out to be the understatement of the century, that possibly being the LAST century in which an organic, soul incarnate, carbon based biological ‘organic’ species has predominance over the earth with all it’s natural assets and treasures. There are any number of imagined ‘AI worst case scenarios’, [ one such fictional ‘AI worst case scenario’ was played out at the beginning of this post ], but it is the UNIMAGINABLE series of potentially disastrous computing events which might ultimately be the unraveling of humanity’s position at the top of the intelligence food chain.

Both James Barrat and Dr. Schneider stated last night in their interviews that at least 52 nations around the world are actively pursuing AI as a battlefield option, specifically either AI enhanced human super-soldiers, or AI battlefield robots which would be programmed to make a kill WITHOUT consulting a human engineer or supervising officer. These are very alarming developments. This week I’ll be posting a whole series of reports on where we stand with current military applications of battlefield AI. Please feel free to share them, as we need to raise more public awareness of what is happening. It’s time to encourage more robust public debate and conscientious examination of the spiritual, moral and ethical implications of emergent AI.  Before humanity chooses to race off the cliff with AI technology, shouldn’t we at least build some proper parachutes?

AI Firms, Research Labs, Movies, Links

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2016/01/17

http://www.jamesbarrat.com/

http://schneiderwebsite.com/Susan_Schneiders_Website/Research.html

http://www.kevinwarwick.com/

http://mi.eng.cam.ac.uk/Main/FI224

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-dominant-life-form-in-the-cosmos-is-probably-superintelligent-robots

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/super-intelligent-ai-could-wipe-out-humanity-if-were-not-ready-for-it

http://www.trollhetta.com/?page_id=25

http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-machines-creator-takes-us-inside-the-worst-case-sce-1567848696

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/42862/elon-musk-ponies-up-10m-help-prevent-robots-slaughtering/index.html

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/44215/wozniak-future-scary-very-bad-humans-regards-ai/index.html

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[ Introductory AI ‘Dr. John Ross worst case scenario’ concept copyright Screenshots News Blog, 2016, All Rights Reserved in Perpetuity. 🙂 ]

What If North and South Korea Went to War? The Query Has No Answer, Because the Answer is Too Terrible to Consider.

The query presented in the first video below is rolled about, and facts are stated by the narrator for the record, but the query is never actually answered in the video clip. It cannot be answered. There are too many unthinkable, yet entirely plausible possible scenarios which could rapidly unfold in response to even the first two or three days of a war between North and South Korea. Millions upon millions of precious innocent souls could die during the first 24 hours of a war between North and South Korea.

The list of possible ‘unthinkables’ regarding North Korea are almost too numerous to even attempt to consider. The recent Clinton / Obama era foreign policy response tactic of “ignoring” North Korea has proven to be a complete failure, resulting in the morbidly obese growth of Kim Jong Un’s nearly psychotic hubris, until we have now come to the next unthinkable moment – the possibility that North Korea may have detonated a small hydrogen bomb underground on January 6th 2016. Ignoring the crazy little fat man is no longer working, and it was never the right way to handle the threat.

There are also too many other potential dire unintended exploding political chain reactions from hell which could also begin to cascade rapidly into the picture, once war broke out, which really cannot be answered adequately, as only God knows how those options might play out. Any war between North and South Korea would very quickly escalate into a most terrible yet proxy confrontation between China and the USA, an utterly awful and soul debilitating scenario, which has already played out once before in lesser form, during the Vietnam War era from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. We all know how that ended. It was an absolute fiasco for our country. 58,000 American men and women died for nothing, absolutely nothing, other than the foolish hubris of 3 consecutive American presidents who did not know how to finish what had been started, and feared losing face on the world stage more than they cared about those precious American lives. Not to mention the tens of thousands of innocent South Vietnamese who died in vain.

I see NO SCENARIO where North and South Korea go to war which would NOT escalate into US involvement on the South Korean side, since we are their committed allies. North Korean backer and prime ally China would be pulled into the conflict almost inevitably. With four nations now involved, possible escalations could array themselves in any number of scenarios. Iran is an ally of North Korea. So is Syria. Saudi Arabia is a sworn foe of Iran and Syria, but a close friend of Turkey. India hates Pakistan and Pakistan hates her back. Both are nuclear armed nations. ISIS psychosis sits squarely in the dark hole center of the Mideast, ready to be armed by black market nukes smuggled in from North Korea. Turkey secretly arms Syrian rebels and hates Russia. Russia is furious with Turkey and supports Assad and wants to rule the Mideast and own her oil. Turkey is in the way. EVERYONE wants the Mideast oil. China needs it badly. ISIS wants to invade Great Britain. They have already terrorized France. Mighty little David vs. Goliath Israel sits squarely in the middle of all this mess which is ready to ignite at any moment. We live in a hair-trigger world, often nearly deranged by the ongoing stress of it all.

And so it goes and so it goes. Funny. The video clip didn’t mention any of that. That’s because it’s a question that cannot be answered, and no amount of studying the pieces on the chessboard can solve the riddle. It’s a prepper’s nightmare for all of us, all over the world. Even so Lord Jesus, come quickly.

 

Tags: world war three scenarios, war north south korea, nuclear armed nations, global instability, US foreign policy failures, US allies, South Korea, North Korea, Asia, China, saber rattling Asia tensions rising, Mideast flashpoint ISIS Iran Syria

 

 

#BREAKING: North Korea Claims to Have Detonated a Hydrogen Bomb: 5.2 Artificial Earthquake Recorded

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1.6.2016

A hideous ‘Happy New Year’ from the lunatic regime in North Korea came late on the evening of 1.5.2016, as the fascist hermit kingdom made claims aired on state television of having detonated their first hydrogen bomb underground, causing serious alarm around the world. US officials were quick to cast dispersion upon the announcement, stating it was doubtful the detonation had actually taken place. Such comments make many US citizens wonder whether their own government now have their collective  heads placed so deep in the sand that they may as well be dead, since they behave as if the event did not happen.

Meanwhile, back in actuality, a 5.2 Richter Scale “artificial earthquake” has been detected in North Korea, as discussed by citizen journalist and high tech patriot weatherman DutchSinse in the first video below. Notwithstanding the far-reaching political and destabilizing implications of such a reckless act, the sheer worldwide environmental and health ramifications resulting from detonating such an enormous device might take years to fully understand.

It is my urgent hope that world leaders will cease their ineffective but typical tactic of “ignoring North Korea” as a containment policy and begin fully embracing the fact that the regime of Kim Jong Un represents a dire threat to world peace, much more so than ISIS ever will.

The list of possible ‘unthinkables’ regarding North Korea are almost too numerous to even attempt to consider. The recent Clinton / Obama era foreign policy response tactic of “ignoring” North Korea has proven to be a complete failure, resulting in the morbidly obese growth of Kim Jong Un’s nearly psychotic hubris, until we have now come to the next unthinkable moment – the possibility that North Korea may have detonated a small hydrogen bomb underground on January 6th 2016. Ignoring the crazy little fat man is no longer working, and it was never the right way to handle the threat.

In the world of “most heinous” possible scenarios, should North Korea decide to sell such arms to Iran or ISIS, the probability that WW3 will become a reality may coalesce a little bit more. Now is NOT the time to continue to “ignore North Korea.” I can only pray our world leaders fully grasp that fact.

The UN Security Council quickly condemned North Korea’s actions and called an emergency session to discuss the development, if the event did actually occur. People on the street in South Korea who were interviewed expressed grave concerns, understandably. A hydrogen bomb detonated in South Korea could potentially kill or maim millions. The US military also keeps a permanent security force of about 20 to 30,000 forces stationed in the region. I’ve been scrambling to aggregate reports on this event all morning. Here’s what I have thus far:

Tags: North Korea, Hydrogen bomb North Korea, hydrogen bomb test north korea january 2016

 

Need More Proof the Obama Administration Secretly Created ISIS? Here It Is.

“Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is often more outrageous and sinister as well.” – Screenshots Blog Author

Tags: Iraq, ISIS, Obama presidency, bloodless coup’ of Barack Obama, usurping of the American presidency, Mideast, secret US military operations Iraq, myth of ISIS, false flag fake terror group ISIS