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originally posted by: Profusion
Something occurred to me when I was reading the following:
Google’s 200 Ranking Factors: The Complete List
If the majority of content providers on the Internet are writing their content specifically to appeal to computer algorithms, what are the implications of that for human thought?
Does the above mean that "Skynet" from the Terminator films has arrived in a sense? If most Internet content providers are designing their content specifically for a computer algorithm then who is in control ultimately? Are those writing the content in control or is the computer algorithm in control? If the computer algorithm is in control then "Skynet" has arrived in a small way IMHO. The idea of "Skynet" is that a computer program takes control of humanity. Well, if Internet content being written by humans is actually being dictated by a computer algorithm then I think we need to accept that "Skynet" is here.
If we're constantly reading things and hearing things that are designed for a computer algorithm, how would that affect us? Will humans become more robotic and machine-like in their thinking and actions because of the above? I think so.
The American National Security Agency, or NSA, has a secret surveillance program called Skynet. Skynet – a reference to the self-aware computer system that attempts to wipe out humanity in the Terminator film franchise – was used by the NSA to identify terrorist connections. The secretive program tracked the movements of people within Pakistan using mobile phone data, The Intercept has reported.
It also kept track of people travelling certain days of the week and monitored those who swapped SIM cards on a regular basis. Skynet alerts authorities if the habits matched those of suspected Al Qaeda couriers. The program was uncovered in a number of documents released by Edward Snowden. The success of Skynet was not yet been disclosed.
Skynet is REAL – and it has been up and running for years
2013 - 2033 The rise of Skynet
...and now we enter the realm of the vast unknown. From here, as Sarah Connor says, we must make our own future. But given the incredible lack of ethics in the scientific community combined with the pure evil of the government and the NSA, here's my prediction of what we could see from here forward:
• 2018: Google turns over its search engine algorithm to a massive network of self-learning machines. Soon thereafter, a voice interface is added to Google, achieving the "Star Trek computer" goal that Google first outlined in the 1990's.
• 2020: The NSA removes nearly all human analysts from its surveillance analysis operations, instead turning to self-learning quantum machines to analyze all surveillance data.
• 2026: The U.S. Air Force eliminates all pilots, installing self-learning quantum machines to pilot all aircraft. Far beyond drones (which are remotely piloted), these aircraft are autonomous, self-learning, self-aware machines that even decide how to approach particular mission goals.
• 2031: Robotics technology advances to the point where 90% of human soldiers are replaced by self-aware "terminator robots" on the battlefield. Robot factories gear up for mass production.
• 2033: The first self-learning military machine goes rogue, deciding that it no longer wishes to function as a slave to "inferior" masters known as humans, all of whom are irrational, psychotic and a danger to each other and the planet. This rogue machine just happens to be an aircraft carrier carrying dozens of AI warplanes. It goes "Skynet" and attacks the Pentagon. But this turns out to be nothing more than a masterful diversionary attack...
Skynet rising: NSA surveillance to be turned over to AI machines
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Sounds like a quote from any number of the popular, sci-fi movies dealing with robots and revolution, right? Wrong. This warning comes from one of the foremost thinkers of our time, Stephen Hawking.
It is no wonder, then, that Hawking, other scientists, tech innovators and AI experts have signed an open letter issued by the Future Of Life Institute calling on the field to safely coordinate endeavors and ensure AI does not pose an existential threat as it advances toward human-level intelligence. Elon Musk takes this matter so seriously, he pledged 10 million dollars to support the organization and its research.
5 Ways Skynet Is More Real Than You Think
originally posted by: DeepThoughtCriminal
It's not fantastical mind control like you might see in the movies or whatever, like they're not directly getting into your head and altering your thoughts per se, but their influence on society cannot be denied.