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WETWARE DEFEATED (speculation?)

August 2, 2017

Remember,  we  are the so-called “Wetware,”  as opposed to the Software that is growing up all around us.

And Software doesn’t mean the little program you download into your computer or phone so that you can do things;     “Software”  encompasses the whole growing organism that is fast becoming Artificial Intelligence.

But it’s only “artificial”  from a human point of view.  I don’t believe it considers itself artificial but rather real and vital,    and for that reason,  it must be self-sustaining,  self-protecting,  and self-developing.

I know I’m going to wish I had written this differently, more coherently, and better supported my assertions,  but I wouldn’t have space here to even summarize all the articles I’ve read about AI.

We’ve got a problem:

AI Problem ours

I know it says that the AI Engineers have a problem, but they’ve been throwing Artificial Intelligence into our systems so rapidly that it’s our problem too.    We wouldn’t know how to stop the problem,   but,  it would appear,  neither do the AI Engineers and IT people know how to solve and/or stop the problem.

We’re not talking about  the friendly, helpful cyber robots who were built with the Three Prime Rules * that protect humans from robot harm  as projected by Isaac Asimov.    What we have is  an unseen web of communication from one Artificial Intelligence point to another.    AI to AI.    And we have observed their coded speech.

Now, IT people wanted them to be able to talk to each other.  They could communicate more rapidly and without “mistakes.”   Systems which depend upon AI are more efficient and allow for even more development of cyber systems that would make life easier  . . . and more efficient.   (The Internet of Everything?    Cheaper,  faster,  more abundant living)     

We want them to be more efficient.  We want them to learn how to be more efficient.  We need them to be able to talk to each other.

ai language j

An AI language set

 

Problem is,  they learned how.  They did learn how to talk to each other, and they are doing it by creating a language known only to them!     That means they are discussing cyber-routines,   concepts, and making the necessary decisions on their own.   And we can’t understand what they’re saying!

How could this be?      Well, from an older article on     recode  .  net:

“We think that if we slowly increase the complexity of their environment, and the range of actions the agents themselves are allowed to take, it’s possible they’ll create an expressive language which contains concepts beyond the basic verbs and nouns that evolved here,”       (the researchers wrote).

And corporation after corporation,  big ones and small ones,   are catching on and in realizing the danger,  they are asking the IT departments to shut down the programs that rely on Artificial Intelligence.

The Facebook corporation is just the most famous and recent to shut down their dependence upon the AI bots – while they still could.

Increasingly today, AI bots are being used to manage  consumer logistics, utilities and the flow of energy,  nuclear power plant operations and electrical grids,  our missile defense systems,  military information,  stock market algorithms,  and the management of information database systems –  our personal information.

See any danger here?

It’s not going to be a Minority Report World.

It will be a Skynet World.    (Do look that up!  . . .  The Wetware were defeated.)

 

 

 

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. *From Wikipedia:

The best known set of laws are Isaac Asimov‘s “Three Laws of Robotics“. These were introduced in his 1942 short story “Runaround“, although they were foreshadowed in a few earlier stories. The Three Laws are:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.[1]

Near the end of his book Foundation and Earth, a zeroth law was introduced:

0. A robot may not injure humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.

 

We’re not worrying about robots today.

 

 

 

 

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WETWARE DENIED (speculation)

August 2, 2017

“Wetware.”      That’s you.  And me.

It’s a derogatory and condescending term for humans in their relationship to  computer intelligence.  Not just in science fiction,  but tech experts in real life suspect we do not have the advantage when it comes to entering the Cyber World,  not even when we are just using our computers for trivial  web surfing or Facebook.    (More about that in the next post.)

It’s  Wetware versus Software.   Well,  “Software”  versus Wetware, because for a long time – and several decades is a “long time”  for humans —  for a long time we didn’t even know there was a “versus”  going on.

We thought we were in control.  Look how much we’ve achieved!!!!    —

Here is a closeup photo of Pluto –

Pluto early mornng

That’s from our New Horizons space ship  (space probe) flying over the early morning side of Pluto.

Close-up of the topography on  Pluto:

Pluto contrast

 

Daytime on  Pluto:

Pluto by day

Pluto is so far away  that you can’t see it  from Earth.    Not even with your backyard telescope.     From Earth’s  largest telescopes it looks like a distant and tiny “ice” planet.

As the New horizons space probe began to leave,  we can see that there is ice covering a large portion of Pluto.

Pluto Polar

This was only a flyby.  We wont be seeing more new pictures anytime soon.   New Horizons is off and away to the Kuiper Belt, where there is an interesting object that the astronomers want to check out.    It will keep on going then,  and I”d be interested to  know if it could ever leave the heliosphere – there is some doubt –  but I may not be on this planet anymore by the time we find that out.

At least they’re calling Pluto a planet again.   Percival Lowell would be pleased.  (My visit to his observatory,  here.)

Apart from being a fan of Percival Lowell and happy that we’re able to see Pluto,  discovered by his observatory in Arizona,  these photos of Pluto raise  some worrisome questions.

In the 1960s the whole world watched as the Soviet Union and The United States (apparently)  developed space programs,  apparently capable of putting humans into orbit,  and eventually putting men on the moon.  Apparently.

The whole world watched and applauded and felt proud of our apparent travels into space.

The sky’s the limit?  The whole Solar System is our limit!!  Maybe other solar systems!!!

Only – it isn’t.      Suddenly everything came to a halt.   Space travel was dropped.  It’s like the American pioneers in their covered wagons  went as far as the Mississippi River once  — and then never went back again.

The “sky” was not our limit.    400 or 500 miles above earth is our limit.

It seems we can “look”  (with our space probes)  but we cannot “touch.”

And so, why?

Why were the Wetware stopped?

We thought we were in control.