terça-feira, 31 de outubro de 2017


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«Microsoft founder Bill Gates disputed Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s contention that artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually become very dangerous in a WSJ. Magazine interview published Monday.

“The so-called control problem that Elon is worried about isn’t something that people should feel is imminent,” Gates said when asked if his fellow tech entrepreneur’s concerns were warranted. “This is a case where Elon and I disagree. We shouldn’t panic about it.”

Musk, who heads a nonprofit research firm called OpenAI, said earlier in July that government bureaucrats must craft regulations for AI before robots begin killing people in the streets. He and 115 other tech leaders collectively announced in August that they sent a letter to the United Nations asking it to ban “killer robots,” formally known as lethal autonomous weapons.

“If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be. Vastly more risk than North Korea,” Musk wrote in a tweet that featured what appears to be a public service announcement reading “In The End The Machines Will Win.”

He also asserted that people need to eventually add an extra digital layer of intelligence to their brains so humans don’t become “house cats” to AI. Musk essentially argues that as AI gradually advances, humans will be left behind and struggle to keep pace.

Musk’s reservations towards the technological concept — which is generally the development of computer systems with the ability to perform functions that typically require human intellect — could even be interpreted as fear-mongering.

Such outspoken contentions seemed to cause Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to speak out, calling the fears over the advent of AI “pretty irresponsible.” 

“I think you can build things and the world gets better. With AI especially, I am really optimistic,” Zuckerberg said, according to Axios. “I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios — I just I don’t understand it. It’s really negative and in some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible … In the next five to 10 years, AI is going to deliver so many improvements in the quality of our lives.”

A Google executive later expressed similar sentiments to Zuckerberg, describing the arousal of fear as “unwarranted and irresponsible.” However, not before Musk hit back against Zuckerberg by saying that his fellow bigwig has a “limited understanding of artificial intelligence.”

Gates, Zuckerberg and other tech leaders argue, though, that there are careful considerations that need to be addressed as the nascent technology expands in the near future. (RELATED: Bill Gates: Advanced Terrorism Could Exterminate 30 Million People In Less Than A Year) 

After saying “we shouldn’t panic about” AI, Gates added in respect to the question of it whether it’s an “existential threat to humanity” that we also shouldn’t “blithely ignore the fact that eventually that problem could emerge”».


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«Documents uncovered as part of a separate court case reveal that multi-millionaire Silicon Valley elitist Anthony Levandowski started a religion based around the concept of worshipping artificial intelligence as a God.

Levandowski, who is currently embroiled in a high profile lawsuit with Google over accusations he stole sensitive data about their self-driving car program and gave it to Uber, founded a religious organization called Way of the Future two years ago.

The goal of the religion is to “develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence,” in line with the species reaching the singularity, the point at which computers surpass humanity in intelligence.

Although the group has not responded to requests from the IRS for the forms it must submit annually to operate as a non-profit religious corporation, “Documents filed with California show that Levandowski is Way of the Future’s CEO and President, and that it aims “through understanding and worship of the Godhead, [to] contribute to the betterment of society,” reports Wired Magazine.

As we have previously documented, the Singularity is embraced by many Silicon Valley elitists as part of their drive to achieve immortality by merging man with machine.

Ray Kurzweil’s 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines describes the technocratic elite’s plan to become super beings by augmenting their bodies, eventually to the point where an entire consciousness can be uploaded to a computer.

“We’re going to become increasingly non-biological to the point where the non-biological part dominates and the biological part is not important any more,” said Kurzweil in 2013. “In fact the non-biological part – the machine part – will be so powerful it can completely model and understand the biological part. So even if that biological part went away it wouldn’t make any difference.”

However, Kurzweil’s transhumanist utopia will probably not be available to the entirety of humanity but instead will be the domain of a wealthy aristocracy, creating yet another class system. Kurzweil admits this in his book, labeling those who refuse or are incapable of cybernetically augmenting themselves as MOSHs – Mostly Original Substrate Humans.

Humans who resist the pressure to alter their bodies by becoming part-cyborg or are unable to afford such procedures will be ostracized from society. “Humans who do not utilize such implants are unable to meaningfully participate in dialogues with those who do,” writes Kurzweil.

As Kurzweil entertains in his book, this will inevitably lead to the very situation described by none other than Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski – widely quoted by Kurzweil and fellow futurist Bill Joy – where the elite will see the mass of humanity as worthless parasites and either prevent them from reproducing via mass sterilization programs or simply slaughter them outright.

“Due to improved techniques the elite will have greater control over the masses; and because human work will no longer be necessary the masses will be superfluous, a useless burden on the system. If the elite is ruthless they may simply decide to exterminate the mass of humanity. If they are humane they may use propaganda or other psychological or biological techniques to reduce the birth rate until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving the world to the elite,” wrote Kaczynski in his manifesto, a key passage quoted in Kurzweil’s book.

All of this sounds fantastical, but it’s what many ultra rich elitists in Silicon Valley firmly believe and in some cases are working towards».



Legendary filmmaker fears humans may lose control of artificial intelligence

Renowned filmmaker James Cameron warned against the dangers of artificial intelligence in an interview published by The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. 

Cameron, discussing his upcoming addition to the Terminator franchise, argued that technology has already “won” against humanity given the public’s reliance on electronic devices. “Technology has always scared me, and it’s always seduced me,” Cameron said. “People ask me: ‘Will the machines ever win against humanity?’ I say: ‘Look around in any airport or restaurant and see how many people are on their phones. The machines have already won.'”

As humans co-evolve and merge with technology, the screenwriter added, the line between the two will begin to increasingly blur. “The technology is becoming a mirror to us as we start to build humanoid robots and as we start to seriously build AGI — general intelligence — that’s our equal,” Cameron said. “Some of the top scientists in artificial intelligence say that’s 10 to 30 years from now.”

Cameron compared the optimism among scientists towards artificial intelligence to that of scientists prior to the development of nuclear weapons.

“And when you talk to these guys, they remind me a lot of that excited optimism that nuclear scientists had in the ’30s and ’40s when they were thinking about how they could power the world,” Cameron said. “And taking zero responsibility for the idea that it would instantly be weaponized.”

“The first manifestation of nuclear power on our planet was the destruction of two cities and hundreds of thousands of people. So the idea that it can’t happen now is not the case. It can happen, and it may even happen.”

Recalling a recent discussion with an artificial intelligence expert, Cameron said some scientists are beginning to express concern over the burgeoning technology.

“One of the scientists we just met with recently, she said: ‘I used to be really, really optimistic, but now I’m just scared.’ Her position on it is probably that we can’t control this,” Cameron said. “It has more to do with human nature.”

“Putin recently said that the nation that perfects AI will dominate or conquer the world. So that pretty much sets the stage for ‘We wouldn’t have done it, but now those guys are doing it, so now we have to do it and beat them to the punch.’ So now everybody’s got the justification to essentially weaponize AI. I think you can draw your own conclusions from that.”

In a letter to the United Nations last month, more than 100 artificial intelligence experts called for an international ban on the development and use of autonomous weapon systems.

While some, including Google search chief John Giannandrea and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, have pushed back against concerns over artificial intelligence, tech icons such as Tesla CEO Elon Musk have repeatedly drawn attention to the technology’s potential dangers (in Infowars, September 27, 2017).

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