Killer AI, Black Mirrors, & Murphy’s Law

Debate over the risk and promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies can be depressingly simplistic, often polarised into two camps with views that are extreme to the point of caricature. On the one hand we have those whose understanding of AI seems to have been predominantly informed by 1980s movies like The Terminator and Wargames, in which killer AI is bent on destruction of the human race. At the other end of the spectrum we have those who seem to believe that AI can do no harm, and that left unregulated it will lead to a risk-free cornucopia of rainbows and unicorns.

There are highly intelligent people who attempt to explore the middle ground, but they often have a tendency to get side-tracked by extremely obscure academic tangents which are of course largely ignored by significant players such as the military, companies fulfilling lucrative contracts for the military, and indeed small-medium companies working on applications which don’t resemble traditional conceptions of AI or robotics. Across the entire field of AI/technology risk, there is a dangerous myopia at work.

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  1. A well considered layout of the potential AI futures that might come into being:

    There is more than one form of transhumanism to be considered and all of them can be compatible together.

    “The AI Scenario: We create superhuman artificial intelligence (AI) in computers.

    The IA Scenario: We enhance human intelligence through human-to-computer interfaces–that is, we achieve intelligence amplification (IA).

    The Biomedical Scenario: We directly increase our intelligence by improving the neurological operation of our brains.

    The Internet Scenario: Humanity, its networks, computers, and databases become sufficiently effective to be considered a superhuman being.

    The Digital Gaia Scenario: The network of embedded microprocessors becomes sufficiently effective to be considered a superhuman being.”

  2. Also relevant for when cultures diverge:

    “Considerable progress has been made in solving the classic problem of how to get individuals within a group to start cooperating. Greene takes on an even bigger problem—how to foster cooperation between groups, groups with deeply felt morals and values, but with different morals and values. There are few more important issues to solve in our increasingly pluralistic world”

  3. Any ethical system accepted by Zero State must (IMO) include a commitment to the maximum individual wellbeing and self-ownership of each and every sentient and sapient.

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