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Yes. Artificial Intelligence will most likely be needed to help us solve a lot of the big challenges facing society today, be that health, cures for diseases, climate change, etc. It is already predicting the shape of every protein in the human body.
However, in my mind it is deeply wrong that a small group of people ( under the skin of private technology enterprises) without any democratic oversight are making decisions with potentially to affect every life on earth.
Its time to take our blinkers off and let the world have a say in what they are doing.
Because a three-letter acronym ( God like AI) doesn’t capture the enormity of what Artificial General Intelligence (AIG) will represent, or do. This would be a force beyond our control or understanding and one that will usher in the obsolescence or destruction of the p
The Beady Eye has been bleating on about this and profit seeking algorithms, now for some considerable time, but from the number of comments on the subject it seems not many of us give a hoot for the need for transparencies, regulations, and overall safeties when it comes to technology. So we are running to the finishing line without any understanding of what on the other side.
Since the arrival of the internet/smart phone one only has to look at the state of the Planet to realise that we have gone training – AI ALGORITHMS / TECHNOLOGY TO GENERATE TEXTS/ RECONGISING EVEREYDAY IMAGES/ GENERATING REALISTIC PHOTOS/ AND REPLICATION OF VOICES, BY FEEDING THEM WITH THE ENTIRE INTERNET STRIP-MINING THE LIFEWORLD. (The focus on games and chatbots is sheltering people from the more serious implications of this work.)
The world already has many existential threats, but the threat posed by AIG is the number one risk of this century, with an engineered biological pathogen a close second. The potential for scams and misinformation is significant.
An God like super intelligent machine would be light out for all of us.
So the question is.
Why are these organisation racing to create God like AI ?
Is it that it gives an illusion of illimitable power.
For now the race is being driven by markets, with the Ukraine war the labourite of cyber wars, making private investment not the only driving force but nations also contributing to this contest.
If we put the wrong objects into a super intelligent machine we are bound to lose.
Unlike the human brain that grows large Ai systems are quite different.
They grow themselves with machine learning and their capabilities jump sharply.
We don’t yet full understand how they work and cannot demonstrate likely out comes in advance.
The present harms and AI/AIG are not mutually exclusive and overlap in important ways.
One of the most challenging aspects of thinking about this topic is working out which precedents we can draw on.
WE ARE NOT POWERLESS TO SLOW DOWN THIS RACE.
If we can get our governments to ask under oath about the timeline for developing God’s like AIG. To demand under law a complete record of the safety tests with evidence of understand how the system works, to ensure their aliment with our common values, we might save humanity, before we humans are cut out of the loop.
Unfortunately economics has not been flexible enough to take on this obvious truth The whole field and discipline of economics, by which we plan and justify what we do as a society, is simply riddled with absences, contradictions, logical flaws, and most important of all, false axioms and false gaols.
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