Blog: AI (artificial intelligence)
It has been called the last invention we need to perfect.
But it has also been called — the devil itself. And rightly so. Because one of its wonders is the ability to amplify human experience.
Damn. Fancy Amplifying visceral pain.
Bio-technically speaking, human experience i.e. emotions, viewpoints, beliefs, decisions made and thoughts had, can be quantified as well as qualified.
Social scientists have in fact said that our subjective viewpoints on human experience are nothing more than a complex quantification system influenced by chance events in our brain and some deterministic algorithms in there too.
Now mathematicians have extensively studied these two things and are thus capable, if given enough time, of designing probabilistic/stochastic systems (chance laden systems) and deterministic systems from things like linear algebra, which can simulate brain processes which ultimately give rise to subjective experience. Quality is just a gestalt of a myriad of quantities measured and packaged in one meta-narrative as is the often spoken statement “I will not be a sheep”. The data to take in and process so as to come up with human brain capabilities is immense, but is neither infinite nor mystic nor metaphysical.
To be clear, I am not arguing that the brain is just a computer. Any Turing complete machine is a computer but this does not necessarily mean that all Turing complete machines are simply computers. They could be computers AND something else we do not exactly know. This is the situation with the brain (if the brain is really just a biochemical computer then still no worries. Something else could also mean nothing else. Yes, I know, many people won’t be happy with that. Me too).
And so, we have created computer systems called artificial-intelligence-self-learning systems (because they can learn without some degree of previously necessary human input and can simulate human intelligence and intuition). In certain human activities, they are better at code design, pattern recognition and data interpolation-extrapolation than the human brain (which is mostly if not all what the brain does … all that intelligence is about).
Alpha-zero is now the best Go player and Chess player in the world. 2 human created board games that nobody thought AI could beat humans at just 100 years ago.
Open AI seems to be the best video game player in the world.
Some AIs are better at product recommendation and product packaging and transportation than people.
No wonder I among others have speculated on the life nature of these AI systems. Are they really dead? Might a sufficiently advanced AI system really be a living being?
We have always dreamed of having god like people. Now that we can create them via AI, we are scared of what they’ll do to us, their puny, dumb, weak brained creators. Talk Frankenstein.
Currently, AI is not too much of a big issue because
1- Neural network capabilities are still in their infancy. We are yet to model neural networks that can abstract to the level of a human being laying practical philosophical tenets, even if they be grounded in mathematical logic.
2- The best AI systems in the news so far (Alpha-zero) require thousands of TB of RAM, ROM and MIPS-(Millions of Instructions Per Second)-computing CPUs. ALL this can only fit in big computers the size of a large refrigerator, or two. Only then can anything interesting happen. Hence, too big, too expensive, No use to an individual with minimum resources and coding experience on top of non-business motives. ENIACS, that’s what we have running our AIs. Alpha-zero too is a little as crude. It can become much more.
Fast forward to the day a smart phone will be able to hold all the processing powers of a CRAY supercomputer and a little more (thanks be to phenomenal advances in atomic level/subatomic level computing), and now put an Alpha-zero on there (with space for about 1000 other alpha zero’s still left).
Life as we know it now, if it still exists, will fast become no more.
Essentially speaking, imagine that by some freakish cosmic joke, we all woke up(those of us with smart phones) and
“Why do I FEEL that something wrong has happened …”
“Ohhh, my beautiful brand new iphone X . I’m so going to love you …”
“That’s strange, my phone is too fast. What changed?”
Unknown to us, the phones on our tabletops, our beds, on the carpet floor, in the phone stores ARE NOT the phones we’ve been seeing in the ads or in our friends hands or the phones we were using prior to last night.
They look the same, they behave the same (same OS, same welcome messages) but they are now too fast, too much storage. They weigh about the same though.
At the atomic level, a 10⁹ order of magnitude computing and storage improvement has occurred. No one knows it … YET …
In one word, an intelligence explosion, very literally speaking.
Suddenly, smart phones can hack any online system that is not on a smart phone.
Even if they were all bricked by some super virus designed by a joint operation between the CIA, Beijing, and the KGB back in Y2K, the hardware will still be there. I bet you the Engineers will figure it out.
And once they do …
Probability of Extinction Level Event = Very high