I hope so. Otherwise, the possible dissolution of a council created to help define ethics in AI because of 2 of the members holding views and positions that are EXTREMELY questionable, ethically speaking, will be lost on it:
I mean, it’s almost laughable, if not so disturbing. One of the people is closely aligned with defense manufacturers, and the other an ultra-conservative who holds some very divisive, non-inclusive viewpoints. One could argue that they are trying to make sure all viewpoints are represented. However, I woud argue that when it comes to ethics, there are SEVERAL viewpoints that absolutely need to be excluded if we want AI that is going to be as non-biased and altruistic as possible.
This is a perfect example of why, when people say there is nothing to worry about with this stuff, my first thought is “you are clearly not paying close enough attention.” I’m relieved to know that several Google employees were, and are taking action.
Sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? Well of COURSE I wrote this post! But is it really a silly question? According to this article from Forbes, we might have to start asking that question much more frequently:
Now as a writer myself, that sounded pretty scary actually – to think that I could be replaced by AI. Ok, so I’m not really a professional writer, so I don’t think there would be much of a use case for replacing me – no one is going to save any money on that lol. But I had to wonder – is there a chance that someday, it won’t be worth pursuing a career as a writer..? Might AI be able to create content better than humans?
It would seem that in some instances, it is already doing pretty well. According to the article, it is already being used for sports reporting, financial planning documents, and other items that might not seem to require a lot of true creativity. But apparently, there are also AI bots out there writing poetry, and one even wrote a novel (links to those in the Forbes article linked above). I haven’t checked out the novel yet, but definitely plan to. I did check out a site that hosts an AI writer and allows you to submit an article title, which the AI will then use to write a piece. I was a bit relieved when I read the output and discovered that it didn’t sound nearly as coherent or awesome as the stuff I write. You can check out the piece here:
But it seems pretty evident that as AI continues to learn and expand – especially with the use of quantum computing and leveraging “fuzzy logic” – it will become better and better at writing. And indeed, there might come a time when articles will need to be labelled “Human-created” or “AI-created.” I guess the real question would eventually be, which one would people prefer – who would be the better writers? It’s easy enough to say that we always will. But considering the fact that we don’t know for absolute certainty what true consciousness requires, and there is a chance that AI could become sentient, it seems these questions are becoming increasingly more valid – and urgent.
So I promise now – if any of my posts are written by AI in the future, I will flag them as such. Whether or not this post was written by a human or AI – I’ll let you be the judge of that.
So very shortly after publishing my previous post about Skyborg and comparisons with Skynet, I checked out one of my feeds to see this article, titled “AI disaster won’t look like the Terminator. It’ll be creepier.”
both are based on AI and the concept of autonomous decision making, no need for a human to call the shots (literally and figuratively lol)
both refer to defense related systems with the ability to kill humans
both promise to make us safer and help us, but that may or may not end up being the case
both were implemented before much thought was given to the possibility or ramifications of AI gaining sentience
So what is the major difference between the 2, other than the names, which are eerily similar? Well, the biggest one is that Skynet is, of course, the fictional system in the “Terminator” movies that ultimately decides humans are a threat and attempts to wipe us out.
Skyborg on the other hand is real. Yes, it’s almost unbelievable they would actually name something that, but indeed, the USAF has a program to develop autonomous pilots called Skyborg:
Is it just me, or is it almost beyond creepy, as if someone is trying to mess with all of us, that they gave it a name so close to Skynet…? And honestly, Skyborg sounds even creepier to me!
This is the kind of stuff I like to post – stuff that doesn’t seem to get a lot of press, not many people seem to know or hear about, but is definitely worth some attention. There’s this whole whacky conspiracy idea out there about predicitive programming, and a lot of it is seriously laughable. But every now and then, something like this comes out, and makes me go “hmmmm…”