Another Sunday and another FYI post
Soon the next edition of the Terminator series will be released……
The Terminator? The Marines’ idea of a perfect rifleman. Neo in The Matrix? The Army’s concept for picture-perfect, human-machine symbiosis. R2-D2 from Star Wars? The Air Force’s dream of a loyal wingman.
However much the military might wish to take these technologies from the screen to the battlefield, the reality of artificial intelligence (AI) is far less sexy than Hollywood would have you believe. Unlike science fiction movies, which depict the technology itself as an instrument of war, AI will function primarily as an enabler. AI will change how wars are fought, but not the nature of war. War is still, and will forever be, applied violence to achieve a political goal. Like human nature itself, the fundamental qualities that define the nature of warfare are impervious to change. AI will, however, cause a shift in the character of war.
Is “Skynet” waiting in the wings?
Then there are those damn “Cyborgs” from the movies and TV…..but with our dependency on AI could cyborgs take over?
It’s not that cyborgs will turn against us, James Lovelock says. But the British futurist and environmentalist does think they’ll replace us. “Our supremacy as the prime understanders of the cosmos is rapidly coming to end,” Lovelock writes in his new book, Novacene—the new age. “The understanders of the future will not be humans but what I choose to call ‘cyborgs’ that will have designed and built themselves.” The cyborgs he envisions will have sprung from our current artificial intelligence systems and robots, NBC reports, though they might exist only in computer systems. They could become a million times smarter than humans. This is not a distant vision; cyborgs could rule the world by the end of the century, per the Sunday Times.
And once they take over, cyborgs will remain the world’s rulers for what “will probably be the final era of life on Earth,” Lovelock said. Others have questions. “Nobody knows how this will unfold, because we don’t know how brains work or what consciousness is,” said American astrobiologist David Grinspoon. “And specific predictions about artificial intelligence and its future impact seem to depend on specific, untested, unverified answers to these big questions.” Lovelock, who just turned 100, remains optimistic about the future, and he says our work isn’t finished: “We are now preparing to hand the gift of knowing on to new forms of intelligent beings.”
Sunday ends…MoMo needs her walk and I am just weary of writing for now…..
Rain or shine walk is the rule of the day……so sez MoMo….