The future is paved with artificial intelligence says Silicon Valley, however, according to Elon Musk, humanity has only about a 5-10 percent chance of surviving it.
Forced evolution they call it, but in reality technocrats, conglomerates, and some governments are weary of the labor constraints of humans, and in due course, large corporations plan on replacing the human workforce with robotics and automation.
In fact, it is estimated that in as little as five years, careers will begin to vanish only this time, to be replaced by automation. But, Elon Musk isn’t warning about the crushing blow Artificial Intelligence will have on the workforce. Instead, Musk is warning about another inevitable outcome, killer robotics.
In a recent talk, given by Musk, he claimed that efforts to make AI safe only have a 5-10 percent chance of success. Musk has made similar claims in the past such as a call for regulation of Artificial Intelligence because it is a ‘fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization.’ Musk claims that regulation can stop the rise of ‘deep intelligence in the networks’ which could spark wars by manipulating information.
“Once there is awareness, people will be extremely afraid, as they should be…By the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’ll be too late,” he added.
Musk also recently stated in a war or words to Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, that his “understanding of the subject is limited.”Similarly, Julian Assange of Wikileaks made some stark statements about Silicon Valley which seemingly align with what Elon Musk had previously stated to Zuckerberg;
The most important development as far as the fate of human beings are concerned is that we are getting close to the threshold where the traditional propaganda function that is employed by BBC, The Daily Mail, and cultures also, can be encapsulated by AI processes,” Assange said.
“When you have AI programs harvesting all the search queries and YouTube videos someone uploads it starts to lay out perceptual influence campaigns, twenty to thirty moves ahead. This starts to become totally beneath the level of human perception.”
Using Google as an example, and comparing the wit involved to a game of chess, he said at this level human beings become powerless as they can’t even see it happening.
Admitting his vision was dystopian, he suggested that he could be wrong.
“Maybe there will be a new band of technologically empowered human beings that can see this [rueful] fate coming towards us, [which] will be able to extract value or diminish it by directly engaging with it – that’s also possible.”
Another insight offered by the WikiLeaks founder was his opinion that engineers involved in AI lack perception about what they’re doing.
“I know from our sources deep inside the Silicon Valley institution[s] that they genuinely believe that they are going to produce AI that’s so powerful, relatively soon, that people will have their brains digitized, uploaded to these AIs and live forever in simulation, therefore have eternal life.”
“It’s like a religion for atheists,” he added. “And given you’re in a simulation, why not program the simulation to have endless drug and sex orgy parties around you.”
Assange said this vision makes them work harder and the dystopian consequences of their work is overshadowed by cultural and industrial bias to not perceiving it.
He concluded that the normal perception someone would have regarding their work has been supplanted with “this ridiculous quasi-religious model that’s it all going to lead to nirvana.” – RT
With the world unwaveringly and carelessly marching towards artificial intelligence, what are the odds that Elon Musk is right?