By Bob Smith.
Stephen Hawking has decreed Artificial Intelligence is the biggest threat facing mankind.
Marketers and advertising agencies see it as a saviour. From predictive customer service to ad targeting, to product pricing, through to customer segmentation, sales forecasting and content generation, is there anything AI can’t do? How long will it be before copybots and artbots are producing scripts? (From some of the work I’ve seen lately, I suspect they are already)
For years companies such as RealDoll have been perfecting sex robots. Imagine if they succeed. You won’t be able to tell the difference between a $60,000 of the shelf lover and the real thing.
There is evidence this has already happened. Could human beings actually be AI?
We don’t know where we came from. We don’t know how ‘our world’ was created, though theories abound. We don’t learn from history. (Think wars, financial crisis – politics.) We can’t explain the pyramids, infinity or the meaning behind the Mona Lisa’s smile. We can’t uniformly feed ourselves, though we have the means to produce more than we could all ever eat at one time. We are however, the only species on the planet that kills for reasons other than food. (An anonymous philosopher was quoted as saying, “That don’t make no sense’).
It all points to one thing. We are artificial and someone else is pulling the strings. Our purpose is to be amusing and provide them with entertainment. There is little evidence to suggest we have actually achieved anything of significance.
Many of us voluntarily smoke a plant that comes in a pack with warnings that the contents will kill you in very gross and painful ways.
One definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome. Yet throughout history we have fought war after war after war.
You would think even artificial intelligence could have learned something by now. But no, we are still at it, fighting for idiotic ideologies all over our planet.
Does this sound like the behaviour of naturally intelligent beings?
We even came in a box, (world), with a set of instructions that determine how we operate. We know them as the laws of physics and science. According to Wikipedia, “a physical or scientific law is a theoretical statement ‘inferred from particular facts’, applicable to a defined group or class of phenomena, and expressible by the statement that a particular phenomena always occurs if certain conditions be present. Physical laws are typically conclusions based on repeated scientific experiments and observations over many years and which have become accepted universally within the scientific community. The production of a summary description of our environment (box) in the form of such laws is a fundamental aim of science.” Examples include Einstein’s Law Of Relativity, Newton’s Gravitation Law and Plato’s Theory Of Forms.
For all we know there are many other worlds just the same as ours.
When God, or whoever, invented us they had a lot of fun. Let’s say for arguments sake man was created first. You can just imagine the head of R&D immediately proposing a brand extension. So they created women. That should be good for a few laughs.
As time went on and life on earth got predictable and less fun, R&D stepped in again with a few more suggestions. “Lets have a range of colours. That should make things interesting. And why don’t we make some humans more intelligent than the others? And some can be big and some can be small. The list of updates is endless.”
When you think about it, here we are on the verge of creating virtual reality when that is exactly what we are. How our creators must be having a jolly good laugh over that one
And here we are scrambling to create robots to do the jobs we used to doing. How clever is that? Once the bots have completely taken over how are we going to pay for the stuff they make and what are we going to do with the time?
Are we AI? We must be. Nothing else makes sense.