‘As smartphones get smarter and computers get faster, humans, who err and just get slower with age, seem to be almost superfluous at times. But award-winning science fiction novelist Robert J. Sawyer isn’t overly worried.’I believed I was in for a treat, even if Sawyer was going to disagree with the concerns about the obsopocalypse. I am happy to have my views on this topic challenged in a thorough meaningful way.
Well the talk was good, but very disappointing with regards to the subject I hoped he's explore. Regarding the rise of machine intelligence and robots he focused on three key threats that make for compelling action movies:
1. Intelligent machines exterminate us (as in the Terminator movies)He makes the argument essentially that, since machines will not be formed in a competitive environment (such as the world we evolved in), machines will not have human sadism, thirst for conquest etc.
2. Intelligent machines subjugate us (as in The Matrix movies)
3. Intelligent machines absorb us (as in the Star Trek's Borg threat)
But never does he deal with the fourth threat, the one that the talk appeared to be focused on:
4. Intelligent machines will have absolutely no consideration for us; they will simply replace us in the workforce while our economic prospects plummet.I can't think of any analogous movies. The story is too grim .
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And what if, instead, the sophisticated AI of the future is designed to be an emotionless sergeant of control (as many intelligent military/corporate systems are today), its only motivation being to further the interest of its powerful owners? Such an intelligence, sufficiently powerful, might indeed watch your YouTube videos, not to enjoy your humorous contributions to the noosphere, but rather to assess if you are an obstacle to it's master's plans, and to determine your weaknesses.
Nevertheless I’d recommend watching the talk on other grounds. He has an interesting notion that general A.I. will emerge spontaneously, by accident, once software reaches a certain point of sophistication, without us even realizing it.