Friday, 25 May 2018

Artificial Intelligence or what....


Sitting at the computer tonight writing these probably most interesting words to some intelligent people. No, not the steroid addled ones, they are already a lost cause. But to you. I saw a most interesting but in a way boring film. Called – Singularity. A story about how mankind developed a super computer. But not just a computer but one that could make decisions. And guess what, although it was told to ‘solve’ all mankind ills, it quickly came to the conclusion that it was mankind itself that was the problem. An infection on this planet that had to be eradicated to save the planet. Yep, a most interesting train of thought since what are we doing? Yes, we are developing A.I (Artificial Intelligence). The question needing asking is – Do we actually know what we are doing?
If you say of course we do, then explain to me if AI takes hold would it mean a type of independence for machines. There would be no halt to developing their own ways and means. Could we possibly stop that? I do believe that we are actually manufacturing our own downfall. However, looking at the world today perhaps like in the film we deserve no better. Perhaps some advanced humans might in the end find a way to get to another world and leave this one to the machines. The question then is what would be the point of machines at all? In the realm of ideas such as this one could easily come to the conclusion that if AI is actually possible and can be ‘free’ why haven’t we seen extraterrestrial robots? Robotic lifespan would be counted in the thousands of years. Trips to other stellar systems would be a snip. I cannot help but think that life, even electronic life means much more than just electricity coursing along minute cables. Or bio-electricity making neurons jump about. Is life not about the gaining of knowledge? As has been said by many learned people before – life is about finding out why! Why there is life at all and for what purpose. Life in its most basic way is about food, and survival. But that cannot be all. If there is a God (and I believe there is) Earth or even the Universe is not just a garden for God to see all the interactions, the blood-letting, the killings but also the kindness, compassion and love. Can machines ever do that? Isaac Asimov said in a lot of his books about the robotic revolution – there needed to be robotic laws. There were if I remember well enough, three laws – First, a robot may not injure a human being or allow through interaction allow a human being to come to harm. Secondly, a robot must obey the orders given by a human being except when such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Thirdly a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Indeed good principles. But would the Russians keep to that? Or for that matter anyone trust the Americans today? Over to you and out. I am leaving for Mars tomorrow if allowed by my computer.


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