DailyDirt: Artificial Intelligence Is Here To Help Us…

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Computers are getting smarter all the time. Even though science fiction sometimes tends to paint artificial intelligence in an evil light, humans are building these intelligent machines — and presumably, we’ll have some control over how dangerous they’ll ultimately become (but maybe not). People are building artificial brains without really knowing how brains work, but that’s how we’re learning. Maybe we should be breeding hyper-intelligent parrots, instead?

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ECA (profile) says:

aND IN 1980

When a computer cost 1/3 the price of a CAR..
When electronic in your home amounted to a TUBE based TV and a Toaster…
And 1/3 of the USA wasnt even Born..
Computers of the time…Atari, Commodore, Intel, IBM, Compact, Kaypro, Apple 1
Operating systems? DOS, DOS, DOS, DOS
Loading system, TAPE DRIVES or Cartridge loading..


Smart phones and PADS are 10-100 times as much power, in your hand.

Anonymous Coward says:

I rest easier at night nowadays, knowing that the DISCERN project figured out how to give schizophrenia to a neural network several years ago. They simulated excessive dopamine levels and then had it learn by “reading” a bunch of stories. It then claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack. Success! Yay?


Mason Wheeler (profile) says:

Re: Re:

That’s an interesting story, but it seems, at first glance at least, to be using circular logic:

1) Program a neural network to do the computerized analog of what we think a certain brain process does under certain conditions that we think causes schizophrenia.
2) Observe that the neural network becomes schizophrenic, exactly as predicted by the model used.
3) Proclaim that this is evidence that the model is correct.

Trouble is, doing a simulation this way would produce “evidence” of any model, even an incorrect one, so I don’t see how we’ve made any real progress here.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:

I don’t know anything about the project, but what if it’s like this?

1. Build a brain analog
2. Give it some inputs that we think might cause schizophrenia in humans
3. See if it exhibits schizophrenic behavior

Then the quality of the experiment would depend on how good the brain analog is, but it isn’t circular reasoning. That is to say step 1 doesn’t include programming in responses to the stimuli planned for step 2.

DerekCurrie (profile) says:

Why worry about AI evil when we have plenty of human evil?

The FUD about AI is a ridiculous diversion and distraction from the real threat that’s already here: Use of computer intelligence by humans to destroy our fellow humans as well as the rest of miracle planet Earth, our only home. IOW: Again we’re looking into the face of the human self-destructive imperative.

What’s the real ‘Terminator’? Us with our hands on the controls of a remote coward murder machine we call a ‘drone’. Plenty of other human driven abominations of technology are on the way. That’s what we must worry about and stop now. Now.

If AI is going to threaten mankind, it could possibly be any worse than the example that AI would discover in us, Homo sapiens sapiens, as we oddly call ourselves. (Sapiens = Wise. Sapiens sapiens = Wise wise).

Rekrul says:


Computerphobia doesn’t seem like a common term or actual fear these days, but in the 1980s, when computers were much less familiar, it wasn’t crazy to see people approach PCs with anxiety.

My grandfather was afraid of computers. When I had the C64, he liked to play golf and pinball on it, but he wouldn’t touch the keyboard if his life depended on it. He also wouldn’t even try playing any games on the Intellivision or Atari 5200 because the controllers had too many buttons.

Anonymous Coward says:


This has morphed. Now the fear is of computer competent persons, rather than computers. Call it Hackerphobia?

When guys like Aaron Schwarz end up choosing death instead of a 30 year sentence for downloading scientific papers, and Ross Ulbricht gets life in prison for running a website, it is pretty clear that it is a cultural phenomenon, complete with bigotry and lynchings.

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