Humanity’s Shared Future with Artificial Intelligence: Just How Awful Will It Be? Or Not.

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“How will humanity respond when confronted with the sickening knowledge that networks of self-evolving computing machines, self-bred, self-replicating AI corporate conglomerates, with aggregate IQs which are the equivalent of 3,375 or more, begin quietly restructuring the world to fit their own needs for the next 500 million years? Will humanity even realize that such an event is happening, when or if it occurs?”  – Screenshots news blog 

> It’s 2039 in Seattle Washington. AI computer engineer John Ross wakes up one morning after spending a late night at the corporate AI lab, where he is the director of R&D, uploading new financial growth and budget cutting algorithms into the company computer, Gill.  Arriving at work, Mr. Ross discovers to his dismay that not only is he locked out of the corporate campus [ none of his eye scans or palm scans work ], but he has been deleted from the Seattle payroll and relocated to the Sydney Australia branch, soon to be working on a part-time basis only.  No human being took this action.  Gill’s upgrade from last night endowed the thinking machine with the prerogatives to take all reasonable actions which would bring the company’s projected 4th quarter profit margins into line with original projections from late 2038. She took several simultaneous actions overnight, based on her upgrade, laying off 4,000 Seattle area employees, including her creator, Dr. John Ross. She also ordered a moving van, bought airline tickets for John and everyone in his family, disconnected his electrical and internet service, cancelled his garbage pick-up, emailed every contact in his address book a press release with the news, and called his wife while she slept, delivering the jolting news via voicemail, in a lilting electronic monotone, followed by “We’re sorry to see you go. Don’t forget to be at John’s going away party today at 2pm on the 3rd floor lounge.” By the time Dr. Ross figures out what has taken place, he learns about his own going away party for his departure to Australia on his smart watch company news alert, delivered orally from his wrist while he is still trying to get into the building.

Last night’s show on Coast to Coast Radio show sampled the broad gamut of possibilities that AI [ artificial intelligence ] presents for humanity, both wonderful and dire, as most AI scientists now believe we have a tenuous window of less than 40 years before thinking, self-updating, even possibly self-replicating AI machines achieve levels of intelligence that surpass that of humankind by a factor of one thousand times or more. Seriously.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

“Artificial Intelligence is the ability of a computer or other machines to perform actions thought to require intelligence. Among these actions are logical deduction and inference, make decisions based on past experience, solve problems with insufficient or conflicting information and  artificial vision.  AI is frequently used to  improve solutions and attack problems that may not be solvable using standard methods.”

This potentially bizarre new reality is bearing down upon humanity at an alarming rate of speed. Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, Dr. Stephen Hawking recently authored an article on AI for The Huffington Post and had this to say about the urgent need to address recent developments in AI:

“Artificial intelligence (AI) research is now progressing rapidly. Recent landmarks such as self-driving cars, a computer winning at Jeopardy!, and the digital personal assistants Siri, Google Now and Cortana are merely symptoms of an IT arms race fueled by unprecedented investments and building on an increasingly mature theoretical foundation. Such achievements will probably pale against what the coming decades will bring.

The potential benefits are huge; everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of war, disease, and poverty would be high on anyone’s list. Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history.

Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks. In the near term, for example, world militaries are considering autonomous weapon systems that can choose and eliminate their own targets; the UN and Human Rights Watch have advocated a treaty banning such weapons. In the medium term, as emphasized by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in The Second Machine Age, AI may transform our economy to bring both great wealth and great dislocation.”

Based on the comments of the four distinguished guests on last night’s Coast Radio show, we are VERY unprepared as a species for the possibility of our eventual, even possibly accidental, AI induced displacement as the most intelligent creatures on the planet. How will humanity respond when confronted with the sickening knowledge that networks of self-evolving computing machines, self-bred, self-replicating AI corporate conglomerates, with aggregate IQs which are the equivalent of 3,375 or more, begin quietly restructuring the world to fit their own needs for the next 500 million years? Will humanity even realize that such an event is happening, when or if it occurs?

According to Dr. Susan Schneider, it may – in fact – be all but undetectable. Elon Musk has been worried enough about such prospects that he recently set aside 10 million dollars to fund AI research which would avert such catastrophes.

“If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.”  – Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Extended commentary and interviews were given by four well known AI experts: James Barrat, Dr. Susan Schneider, Kevin Warwick and Fumiya Lida. See http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2016/01/17

2029-2038: The AI Pandora’s Box Begins to Open

To state that the human race is presently unprepared for the immediate potentialities of emergent AI thinking machines may turn out to be the understatement of the century, that possibly being the LAST century in which an organic, soul incarnate, carbon based biological ‘organic’ species has predominance over the earth with all it’s natural assets and treasures. There are any number of imagined ‘AI worst case scenarios’, [ one such fictional ‘AI worst case scenario’ was played out at the beginning of this post ], but it is the UNIMAGINABLE series of potentially disastrous computing events which might ultimately be the unraveling of humanity’s position at the top of the intelligence food chain.

Both James Barrat and Dr. Schneider stated last night in their interviews that at least 52 nations around the world are actively pursuing AI as a battlefield option, specifically either AI enhanced human super-soldiers, or AI battlefield robots which would be programmed to make a kill WITHOUT consulting a human engineer or supervising officer. These are very alarming developments. This week I’ll be posting a whole series of reports on where we stand with current military applications of battlefield AI. Please feel free to share them, as we need to raise more public awareness of what is happening. It’s time to encourage more robust public debate and conscientious examination of the spiritual, moral and ethical implications of emergent AI.  Before humanity chooses to race off the cliff with AI technology, shouldn’t we at least build some proper parachutes?

AI Firms, Research Labs, Movies, Links

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2016/01/17

http://www.jamesbarrat.com/

http://schneiderwebsite.com/Susan_Schneiders_Website/Research.html

http://www.kevinwarwick.com/

http://mi.eng.cam.ac.uk/Main/FI224

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-dominant-life-form-in-the-cosmos-is-probably-superintelligent-robots

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/super-intelligent-ai-could-wipe-out-humanity-if-were-not-ready-for-it

http://www.trollhetta.com/?page_id=25

http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-machines-creator-takes-us-inside-the-worst-case-sce-1567848696

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/42862/elon-musk-ponies-up-10m-help-prevent-robots-slaughtering/index.html

http://www.tweaktown.com/news/44215/wozniak-future-scary-very-bad-humans-regards-ai/index.html

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[ Introductory AI ‘Dr. John Ross worst case scenario’ concept copyright Screenshots News Blog, 2016, All Rights Reserved in Perpetuity. 🙂 ]

Ultimate “Selfie” Snapped from Above the Earth by Astronaut Mike Hopkins

Astronaut Mike Hopkins takes a selfie while on a Dec. 24, 2013 spacewalk. Hopkins, Expedition 38 Flight Engineer, participated in the second of two

This year saw the word “selfie” [ internet slang for digital photo self portrait] come into common use, and astronaut Mike Hopkins has produced the all-time most awesome “selfie” yet. Suspended above the earth during a space walk, Hopkins took this amazing self portrait as he floated weightlessly above the earth. The photo went viral immediately as the “ultimate selfie”.

Download a high resolution image of the photo here.

Follow astronaut Mike Hopkins http://twitter.com/AstroIllini

 

Investigating Nearby Exoplanets for Signs of Life: How It’s Done

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Tags: exo-planets, our solar system and beyond, nearby stars planets, gas giants, water worlds, space exploration, telescopes, nearby worlds chemical composition

And Now for the “Other” Comet Ison News Videos

“We are building a domestic army.”  – Marine Corp Colonel

Keep in mind as you watch the videos below that IMO everyone’s an amateur when it comes to attempting to describe the ever-chancing trajectories, contents, new behaviors, and component structure of comets. Comets are dynamic, constantly mutating, morphing,  very enigmatic high speed space objects. I don’t feel any person or space agency on earth is an expert on these matters.

I found the close-up zoomed photos of Comet Ison coming out of Russia to be quite extraordinary, if they are real. Those images could not possibly be anymore different than the “dolled up Hollywood style” Comet Ison photos released by our own space agencies here in the states. [ Things that make you go hmmmm.]

As one might have expected, the passing of Comet Ison has inspired all kinds of citizen reporter videos and photo analysis. Take it all with a grain of salt, but DO have a look at some alternative analysis of this cosmic space traveler that does not come out of the highly airbrushed 5th grade vernacular of NASA public news reporting.

As usual, my posting of these news videos constitutes neither an endorsement, nor a rebuttal, of their contents. Be sure to check out the reports in “related videos” as well. Feel free to share.

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Comet Ison in Photos and Video

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The best time to see Comet ISON should be early December, after its November 28 perihelion - or closest point to the sun - IF the comet survives!

By late December, Comet ISON will have moved so far north on the sky's dome that it'll become circumpolar, visible in both the morning and evening.  This chart shows the evening view of ISON in late December and early January.

See http://earthsky.org/space/big-sun-diving-comet-ison-might-be-spectacular-in-2013

Read art posts and articles published about Comet Ison on Screenshots News Blog here.

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Wilder Than Ever Blue Yonder: Reports of New and Changing Space Objects Getting Ever More Bizarre

As the famous phrase goes, “You just can’t make this stuff up, folks.

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Last week we saw reports and photos of a wild looking, mutating six tailed asteroid. This week it appears Comet Ison has become neon blue and is apparently sprouting a second tail.  The much ballyhooed space visitor to our solar system also has new competition for “most popular comet of 2013″ – newly discovered “Comet Lovejoy” which observers say is now visible also and brighter in the evening sky than Ison. [ Hmmm. ]

But it gets even better. The David Vose news channel on YT posted a report where it is posited than Comet Ison, is, in fact, the much discussed and dreaded NIBIRU, and may be as big as a brown dwarf star. But don’t run down the stairs and lock yourself into your bunker just yet. I don’t think their assessment is anywhere close to true. I included the video anyway. It’s entertaining, at the least.

Not to be outdone, since so many eyes are now on space, Lady Gaga decided to capitalize on the momentary fascination with all things celestial that grow tails, and has announced she will soon sing from space:

Lady Gaga to perform song from space

Wouldn’t it be great if she just stayed out there, floating mindlessly in the empty vacuum of space with her many heads and tails spraying out all around her, and never come back?  One can always hope.

Below are some of the assorted citizen journalist and official news reports I have rounded up from this week’s deluge which cover just part of the ever more strange and inexplicable goings on in space this month. Scientists are scratching their heads and amateur astronomers are going nuts over these newest developments, caught be Hubble and other telescopes.

And don’t forget …

NASA Curiosity Rover spots iguana on Mars

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  1. Comet ISON‘s highly anticipated flyby of the sun is now just two weeks away, and scientists and skywatchers alike hope the encounter gives them another reason to be thankful this holiday season. If ISON survives this perilous plunge, the icy wanderer could put on quite a show in the ensuing weeks, becoming visible to the naked eye throughout much of December, experts say. ISON was discovered by …
  2. The potentially incredible Comet ISON has a companion in the morning sky. The morning sky currently plays host to a newly discovered comet, which is at the present moment is actually higher in the sky, noticeably brighter and easier to see than the most-ballyhooed Comet ISON. The new comet was discovered by Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy. Lovejoy discovered a spectacular sungrazing …

    Potentially Dazzling Comet ISON Now Visible to Naked Eye After Outburst

  3. The much-anticipated Comet ISON is now visible to the naked eye according to reports from many observers. Comet ISON — the potential “comet of the century” — has suddenly brightened in an outburst of activity with just two weeks to go before it literally grazes the surface of the sun, In recent months, Comet ISON has repeatedly befuddled forecasters trying to anticipate just how bright it will …

Marshall Masters Planet X Nibiru Update Coast Radio September 26th 2013: New Nibiru Footage

This next  video below is the one referred to by Marshall Masters in his recent interview above with George Noory. I have posted literally hundreds of videos like this one over the past 3-4 years as astounded everyday people try to cope with suddenly unexpectedly seeing a “second sun” in the sky. Visibility of Nibiru only occurs at certain times and under certain rare conditions.

To peruse my historical research archive on Nibiru going back 5 years see http://biblicaltimes.wordpress.com/?s=Nibiru

For more information on Marshall Master’s research visit http://yowusa.com/

Tags: Nibiru, Planet X, space events, Marshall Masters, yowusa.com, astronomy, suppressed astronomy, Nibiru coverup, dead astronomers, Dr. Robert Harrington, Planet X coverup, the destroyer, Kolbrin bible, winged disc, KJV Holy Bible, biblical astronomy

Physicist James McCanney Discusses Comet Ison, the Sun and Space Objects

This is an important video and I’d like to encourage readers to listen to all of it and share. Thanks.

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Professor James McCanney — Keck Uranus

October 25, 2012 radio show

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Tags: solar activity, sun flares, coronal mass ejections, James McCanney, astronomy, suppressed astronomy, blacklisted astronomy, comet Ison, space objects, earth changes, Planet X, Nibiru, solar system events, sun plasma event

Biography Professor James McCanney, Physicist, Astronomer