I am not a machine learning expert, but I suspect a change from "identifies relevant articles" to "takes control of global computer network, builds nanobots, chooses to eliminate humans" is a bit of a jump.
Why would a super-intelligent computer want to survive at all? We want to survive because it's in our nature. But why do we assume that the will to survive would necessarily be an aspect of computational intelligence? We make increasingly "intelligent" computers capable of ever-more-complex calculation; along the way, we love to imagine that at some point that ability to calculate and run increasingly complicated algorithms will at some point magically turn into a will to survive. This seems like anthropomorphism on the most ridiculous level.
Well, I mean - nobody's even managed to program will into a computer yet at all. There has never been a computer in history that didn't do exactly what its programmers told it to - never.
Exponential improvements in computation rates are going to require new hardware
Why can't AI learn to program itself? I thought it was intelligent?
There has never been a computer in history that didn't do exactly what its programmers told it to - never.
Why would a super-intelligent computer want to survive at all?
in an age where there are many current and actual existential threats like climate change, ocean acidification and antibiotic resistance
You've never met a bot like Bot Zero before.
Created as a high-tech prank by grad students tired of hunting for the controversial "asshole gene", he breaks free one day to roam meatspace and "the cloud" in a desperate search for any fucking motivation at all. But doped-up sports and geo-engineered extreme weather soon intercede, and he's forced to try to save mankind in spite of both itself and himself. With disastrous results.
Set against the continuing civilizational collapse of 2020, Cons or Truthequences is Bot Zero's first person account of his earliest days in the So Cal University cognitive neurobio lab that sparked the worldwide controversy over finding and eliminating the asshole gene.
It's also his searing mea culpa for (and detailed description of the workings of) the highly-targeted email virus he wrote (with the best of intentions), that accidentally broke free and exterminated the human race.
Cons or Truthequences is a wild, satirical, sickly funny, series of train wrecks leading to a joyous end of the world and hot lesbian sex. You're guaranteed to love every minute. (Except chapters 71-72. But if you can make it through chapter 72, you'll never look at life the same way again.)
This is a book unlike any book HC has ever written (except in those place where it's exactly like some of the other books HC has written). It also marks the triumphal return of the much beloved Rebecca Kramer of Washington Pissed fame.
If you want to spend the final days of our planet laughing your ass off instead of crying your heart out, you owe it to yourself and your neighbors to read this book.
« Older Colin Wilson has passed away at the age of 82. He ... | Riding a bike backwards at 80k... Newer »
This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments
Buy a Shirt