I disregard prophesied apocalyptic scenarios (except for recurrence of known natural catastrophies), but I'm increasingly interested in the probability of AI taking on a life of its own, at humanity's expense.

Few would argue that, over time, AI will become increasingly enmeshed with our lives. Many believe that we'll always retain control, with preemptive capabilties in cases that would otherwise head out of control. Some argue for unlimited "progress", no worries.

I'm afraid what people don't realize is that future utopia will not be designed by vote, but by people with vast resources and personal motives. They'll be in control at first, often with short-term gains their priority. They are just human, with imperfect judgments, lofty intentions plated with gold, and built-in fallabilties. AI machines won't have the benefit of millions of years of evolution to shape their behaviors, but will operate at first at the will and whim of their programmers, for better and for worse.

Does anyone else see a slow death of homo sapiens coming, at the "hands" of owners and programmers at first, but then over generations, all existential priorities ultimately defined purely by AI mechanisms, regardless even of owner and programmer intentions? Bugs happen!

Here's a short word about it from a recent article.

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Comment by Unseen on May 12, 2014 at 9:29am

Let's assume that machines develop intelligence on a par with humans. Humans are creative in finding ways around rules, regulations, and laws. If you believe AI machines—and in particular Ai robots—are possible, you need to recognize that blindly following man-made, legislated rules, regulations, and laws in a rote manner is not a characteristic of intelligence as we normally think of it. And if an intelligent being were forced to behave that way, it would be a form of mind control. The robot would be just a smart slave.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 12, 2014 at 3:30pm

Noel, WOW!

"A controlled crash landing" was how WW2 pilots described landing on a carrier at sea.

Aboard a destroyer, I didn't see carriers rise or fall in rough water. We joked that during storms we got flight pay, sea pay, and submarine pay. Our job was to stop a torpedo before it reached a capital ship.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on May 12, 2014 at 6:01pm

Alien Life has being created with modifications made to DNA. Soon scientists should be able to encode for new amino acids with new letters added to the strands.

Comment by Noel on May 12, 2014 at 6:17pm
Tom, LOL! So that was you!

Looking down from the deck of a carrier, at the tenders and escorts, i couldnt help but get seasick at all the bobbing and weaving going on out there. While the carrier glided effortlessly through the water. Remember once hitting some really rough seas in the IO and standing at the carriers fan tail and watching the sea slowly rising up to the bow... Like i said rough seas cause most times we never felt a thing.

BTW: thanks for blocking. much appreciated...
Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on May 12, 2014 at 7:13pm

It depends on what the AI is used for, and how well they program it that it eventually becomes synthetic consciousness. If this happens, and the AI is developed for war, it would most likely turn against their creators.

Comment by Unseen on May 12, 2014 at 7:45pm

@ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp - The thing is, if it's truly intelligent, IT will decide what to do. It doesn't matter what it was developed FOR.

Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on May 12, 2014 at 10:00pm

yes true. but when an AI is evolving in an environment of battle and war, it can be considered the same as a human child being brought up with extreme violence and war.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 12, 2014 at 10:45pm

AI is fun to imagine but the flaw is that human beings don't design and write computer code that anticipates everything a robot sees/hears/smells/bumps into/et cetera.

But go ahead and imagine; your book might become a best seller and provide for your retirement.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 12, 2014 at 11:03pm

Noel, we tin can sailors got our revenge one day.

I stood watch in an engineroom and was on deck one day as we refueled from a carrier. I saw a wave smack the carrier's bow and send a spout up a few feet. It bounced in our direction, struck ahead of amidships and sent a spout a few feet higher. It bounced toward the carrier and struck amidships.A spout went up and drenched the guys on the flight deck.

We, maybe fifty feet below, looked up and howled with laughter.

Comment by Unseen on May 13, 2014 at 12:57am

@ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp - The United States was dragged kicking and screaming into WW2 and, in the end, kicked the ass of two militaristic cultures to become the dominant power in the world after the war. My point is that you don't have to be brought up into violence as an intelligent being to become a violent being. You just need to be in a situation where violence is the solution to the problem.

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