“The purpose of torture is not to gain information, but to spread fear” Eduardo Galeano.
At the www.AIShow.biz event in LA on Thursday, one speaker related how when working with Stephen Hawking on the CD-ROM version of A Short History of Time he asked “So where does Science get its ideas from?”, and without hesitation Hawking answered “Science Fiction”. The people most easily sold on Science Fiction fantasies are of course the Military, which they in turn sell to us. The author, th dear boy, is “interested in the ethical implications of emerging technologies” and believes the future of war technologies, “from AI Robots to VR Torture”, means that the next world war will at least be over quickly.
The Military are so enamoured of Science Fiction stories, they’ve even started writing some themselves. Apparantly, “Some folks in defense and the intelligence community don’t think about the future. The intelligence community is driven by requirements”. Hundreds of billions of tax-payer funded intelligence dollars couldn’t do better than this piss-take. Like I said, this is all coming to you live, from La La Land.
NY artist Trevor Paglen’s Sight Machine combines a live string quartet performance by Kronos Quartet with AI machine generated images. “In the very near future, I guarantee that the pictures you post on social media will affect your credit rating, health and auto insurance policies, and much more. It will all happen automatically. In a very real way, our rights and freedoms will be modulated by our metadata signatures”.
The hype around AI has become so hyper-absurd that people are doing performance art laughs at major international events – and few can tell the difference between investor prospectus and parody. Can you tell the difference, e.g., “Temporally Recurent Optimal Learning” (TROLL) is it real or a scam?
Article from Mike Hearn comparing the science of Westworld with the real world work in AI being done by Facebook and Google’s Deep Mind.
The truth is, AI is as “fully-automated” as the Great and Powerful Oz was in that famous scene from the classic film, where Dorothy and friends realize that the great wizard is simply a man manically pulling levers from behind a curtain. There’s a whole lot of 3rd World people doing manual labour behind the scenes.
And while an army of waiting staff are flown into Davos to serve the super-rich, the .01% consider their 9 top ethical issues in AI – which include robot’s rights.
If you’re feeling lonely, Japan’s Gatebox, priced at ¥321,840 (about $2,700 US), is squarely targeted at young lonely salarymen – a holographic anime promising the experience of “living with your favorite character”. (+ Vid 2.00m).