Sunday, May 17, 2015
Super-smart computers are no longer science fiction. Get ready for a heck of a ride into the future.
Since the super-intelligent humans are worrying about super-intelligent computers, I assume that it is time for the rest of us to worry.
How do you prevent "something" from taking control of "everything" when the "something" is immeasurably smarter than any collective group of humans?
Which government will be the first to have one or more super-smart computer systems? Will it be the Russians, the USA, the Chinese, the Japanese, or other? What happens if the CIA or KGB go rogue with a super-smart computer. What happens if a CIA or KGB super-smart computer goes rogue on its own? Nuclear launch codes and computer system air-gaps are pale safeguards against a super-intelligence.
Which corporate giant will be the first to have a super-smart computer? Will it be Google, IBM, Apple, or some lesser known entity. Will governments try to confiscate the systems or regulate these corporations?
Will a super-smart, autonomous, sentient computer system experience feelings of compassion and beneficence? Moreover, is it possible for a computer to become downright nasty and evil?
What happens if super-intelligence proves there is NO GOD? What happens if super-intelligence proves that THERE IS A GOD, but that GOD is not quite like what most folks had in mind.
The possibilities are beyond the limits of my imagination. Perhaps your imagination will do better.