a reply to: ecossiepossie
I think Stephen has a good point.
I am not so concerned right now with AI aggressively wiping us out. I think it is already happening in very insidious ways and it is very subtle; not
with a bang but a whimper.
Already, as another poster has said, we are being taken over with many physical jobs and increasingly bureaucratic ones, too. The bankers' main men
are not the investors or the executives, but the analysts and programmers of their systems.
When we apply for say a credit card, loan, etc the forms we fill in are entered as data and algorithms make a decision. In so many areas of
bureaucracy a machine is making the decision and a human is selling us that decision.
I have said this a few times and it is fact that algorithms are running our world increasingly and I am talking every bureaucratic area from welfare
to mortgages to health care to insurance to education, see where I'm heading? Apply that to population control targets...whoaaa, scary stuff!
Really I am more puzzled as to what we humans will become. I can clearly see how AI is evolving. Once relieved of all these burdens will we take more
to pleasure and what we enjoy doing?
Personally I don't think we are going to make it far enough with the brave new world. The energy we would need to propel our physical bodies even to
the nearest star at any realistic speed is just crazy. Terminator or Matrix style AI is equally crazy again because of energy. The human body is so
much more efficient. AI would have to evolve enough to compete against us energy wise, that is the real struggle in the competition.
We have Nano Tech AI and Space Plane AI. AI would be like the Borg, able to communicate with every device from the internet to missile control to
satellites to bank accounts; everything.
AI might even decide to keep its creators as pets, just for old times sake.
EDIT: AI could stand a radioactive environment, so nuclear energy is an option for AI. AI could monitor the radiation levels with algorithms of future
projections so it did not get too hectic for it to survive, maintaining the most economical population of moving mechanisms to match its energy needs.
Haha! Yep, Stephen, kinda scary.
edit on 3-12-2014 by lonesomerimbaud because: extra bit.