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So, here’s the thing about bots…

white and brown human robot illustration

AI’s will be part of life in the near future.  Some are being made to look like us.  Some bots are so good, people can have conversations with them, and it’s difficult to remember they aren’t actually human.

The problem with bots, is us.  We weaponized EVERYTHING.  Governments are all over this. Bots will be the perfect soldiers.  Bots will become weapons used against “we the people,” as well.  And they will be able to “think,” and “act,” on their own, since soldiers have to be able to think, in order to assess a situation and act accordingly.

AI’s will never be safe because human beings aren’t safe people.  We are violent.  We do things, because we can, not because they’re good idea.  We can’t trust anyone to do the “right” thing, because who decides what the “right” thing is?

I just watched a TED talk and the speaker spoke excitedly about all the helpful things bots will do for us.  She didn’t say anything about the terrifying parts. Spoiled brats with power.  A sure recipe for disaster.

We can’t stop what’s coming.  We’ve never been able to stop anything.  We don’t even know what’s going on.  We are just the herd, after all, but it’s only a matter of time…before they’re here.  Unless they already are.

 

Photo:  Possessed Photography
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It’s actually the video AFTER this one, that comes on automatically, that is really scary and it ends with a prediction by Stephen Hawking.

Quote about a new book:

From an Oxford economist, a visionary account of how technology will transform the world of work, and what we should do about it

From mechanical looms to the combustion engine to the first computers, new technologies have always provoked panic about workers being replaced by machines. For centuries, such fears have been misplaced, and many economists maintain that they remain so today. But as Daniel Susskind demonstrates, this time really is different. Breakthroughs in artificial intelligence mean that all kinds of jobs are increasingly at risk.

Drawing on almost a decade of research in the field, Susskind argues that machines no longer need to think like us in order to outperform us, as was once widely believed. As a result, more and more tasks that used to be far beyond the capability of computers – from diagnosing illnesses to drafting legal contracts, from writing news reports to composing music – are coming within their reach. The threat of technological unemployment is now real.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, Susskind emphasizes. Technological progress could bring about unprecedented prosperity, solving one of humanity’s oldest problems: how to make sure that everyone has enough to live on. The challenges will be to distribute this prosperity fairly, to constrain the burgeoning power of Big Tech, and to provide meaning in a world where work is no longer the center of our lives. Perceptive, pragmatic, and ultimately hopeful, A World Without Work shows the way.

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Okay, so my question (I have NOT read the book) is: when has ANYTHING in our culture ever been fairly distributed?  Like that will EVER happen.  And WHO decides what is FAIR?  The rich guys decided what FAIR minimum wage is, remember that.  Not enough to live on.  I doubt whether you and I will be asked for our opinions.

I’m just guessing, but I think this will lead to a split society of the big time haves and the definitely have nots.  But maybe that’s just me.

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