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Some reasons why machines won’t take over

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Even if some people would like them to.

In case the subject comes up over coffee. For example,

● Finally, physicist Alfredo Metere of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) insists that AI must deal in specifics but humans live in an indefinitely blurry world that is always changing:

AI is a bunch of mathematical models that need to be realised in some physical medium, such as, for example, programs that can be stored and run in a computer. No wizards, no magic. The moment we implement AI models as computer programs, we are sacrificing something, due to the fact that we must reduce reality to a bunch of finite bits that a computer can crunch on. Alfredo Metere, “AI will never conquer humanity. It’s too rational.” at Cosmos

So, given these limitations, is AI  a threat to democracy? The main problem that neurosurgeon Michael Egnor sees is its obscurity. We often don’t know how AI is being used: … More.

See also: Jay Richards: The way the media cover AI, you’d swear they had invented being hopelessly naïve

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2 Replies to “Some reasons why machines won’t take over

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    vmahuna says:

    Someplace in the basement I have a copy of “The Social History of the Machinegun”. It explains that European colonialism, especially in Africa, was difficult and chancy when your army of men with rifles might easily be outnumbered 10 to 1 in the next battle. The machinegun changed all that: a single Browning or Maxim gun could mow down natives by the hundred, and made a scary sound. Machineguns also offered a great improvement on Napoleon’s “whiff of grapeshot” in putting down mobs at home.
    But of course the guns themselves didn’t do anything except rust. They required people, “leaders”, willing to unleash the power of the machine on fellow citizens. And so AI. The HUGE advantage of computers, and the increasing powerful AI software, is that a TINY number of people can UNDERSTAND enough details to control EVERYTHING. Watch “Colossus: the Forbin Project”. It is a VERY scary movie because the computers WIN. The fictional part is that the computer named COLOSSUS becomes self-aware and then runs itself. But the idea (fact?) that a VERY small group of humans COULD seize control of enough of the world’s automated systems (e.g., all of the electrical power grids) to force the rest to submit is VERY, very non-fictional.

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    Axel says:

    When machines are animated by a free will analogous to that of human beings and, implicitly, a personality, then, yes. The autonomous will is indispensable. This ought to be understood by everyone intuitively from an early age, surely ?

    On the other hand, if aliens do exist, then the only explanation I have found plausible for their curious ugliness is that they, are, in fact, robots animated/inhabited by demons. Of course, that explanation would see our atheist-imbecile friends howling with laughter – admittedly, the best of auguries.

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