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Thus far the efforts to thwart the development of new killing machines have mainly fallen on deaf ears. This is why we should all be afraid and why it is becoming easier to conjure up images similar to those projected in movies such as "The Terminator" where robots turn into mechanical killing machines that operate with a great deal of efficiency and embark on a 24/7 mission to eradicate human life forms. In a previous post, I questioned whether at some point a conflict that might result to mass genocide could develop in Africa where China has embarked on a campaign to grab natural resources at a time when the population on the continent is expected to explode in coming decades. History reveals many incidents of genocide but the efficiency of automating such killings increases the likelihood of many more.
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An article in the Guardian emphasized that Elon Musk isn't the only person who has envisioned a nightmare scenario where "killer robots" stalk through neighborhoods murdering innocents, even Russian President Vladimir Putin has voiced concerns. As a matter of fact more than 50 artificial intelligence researchers from nearly 30 countries are boycotting one of South Korea's most prestigious universities over concerns about its recent partnership with an "ethically dubious" arms manufacturer with the stated purpose to design and manufacture "autonomous weapons systems." of course, The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and its partner, the weapons manufacturer Hanwha Systems, one of South Korea's largest arms dealers, are pushing back against the boycott, saying they have no intention of developing "killer robots."
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Again, it is important to always remember robots are under the power of those who control them. Whether robots function under artificial intelligence, governments, or are directed by people like Jeff Bezos who have been empowered by their position, to such forces the rest of us may rate low on the food chain. This should be a major concern to all of us as the killing ability of these machines continues to be ramped up. Many of the people viewed as leaders in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) continue to warn of the potential of creating a system that can go awry even when placed in good hands. A recent article in, The Cut, tells how a clever AI computer hid data from its creator to cheat at its appointed task. Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. It confirms, computers do exactly what they are asked, if not explicitly prevented from doing so, meaning you have to be very specific in what you ask them.
As stated in the first part of this series, totalitarian is defined as, relating to a system of government that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete subservience to the state and by "the state" we mean those in positions of power. It would be wise to remember the government and many plutocrats see such subservience critical to their retaining authority and will in the future make every effort to add robots to their other weapons such as propaganda to control those at the bottom of the social and economic pyramid. In many ways, his huge financial investments in robots, facial recognition technology and his proclaimed desire to replace human workers at Amazon with robots makes Jeff Bezos and men like him the poster children of those who will benefit from the trend towards a totalitarian state.
The best description I ave ever read of Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, calls him the most crafty plutocrat alive and stated he purchased the Washington Post so he could shape America's agenda. In fact, the empire Bezos is building has been greatly enhanced by using the long-trusted U.S. newspaper as a propaganda mouthpiece and a tool to propel his agenda forward. This is why we should all find it very troubling that Jeff Bezos is also a contractor with the CIA and sits on a Pentagon advisory board. This all dovetails in a creepy way with Amazon’s involvement in surveillance systems and digital “assistance” devices like Alexa. and may explain why as mainstream media and politicians rushed to blame social media for our cultural woes they left Amazon off the list of companies mentioned.
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Footnote; This is part-four of a five-part series that delves into how we are slipping into a "One World Orwellian Society" that removes our freedoms and relegates the average person into being nothing more than the pawn of the elites. The links to part one, two, and three can be found below.
https://Liberals And Conservatives Both Buy Into Orwellian Trend (Part-1).html
https://"Surveillance Justified" Expands Grip Of Orwellian State (Part 2).html
https://Propaganda Convinces Us It Is All For the Greater good (Part 3).html
Japan has joined with those calling for regulating killer robots. An article in Japan today gives details of how Japan is planning to give its backing to international efforts to regulate the development of lethal weapons controlled by artificial intelligence at a U.N. conference in Geneva.ReplyDelete
Japan has taken the stand it cannot overlook the development of such autonomous weapons and does not rule out the possibility of working toward a global ban on them. Some African, European and Latin American countries have already been active in seeking a prohibition of AI-equipped weapons but the United States, Russia and other countries said to be developing them are reluctant. The link to this article is below.
Like Hawking, I'm a long term pessimist. Human population will eventually outstrip the capacity of our ability to support it. Sad bt true, competition for resources and survival of the fittest is a theme of life. Whether by high tech killer robots, or by machete-wielding murderers, the excess population will be culled. UN and other government entities are largely paper tigers.ReplyDelete