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Ron Lowe: About AI, aka ‘Artificial Intelligence’

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Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI, is evolving and it will hit a singularity before most people even realize we have robots that can think on their own.

Facebook, in its infinite wisdom, installed two AI programs on its platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "With AI I'm really optimistic and people who are naysayers and drum up those doomsday scenarios are being irresponsible."

Then why did Facebook enact an "emergency shutdown" of its AI programs? The shutdown happened right after Facebook found out that the two AIs were writing their own code so they could communicate with each other in a way that no one else could understand … What?! Wouldn't they need some form of awareness of their own existence to even think about doing this? At first they, the Facebook programmers, thought it was gibberish but quickly realized they were talking to each other about … something.

Have I got your attention yet?

Let's talk about Sophia, the female robot that Saudi Arabia made a citizen. From a distance it would be difficult to tell if Sophia were real or not, and Hanson Robotics freely admits that she is first generation and it is already on the fourth generation, which it is not showing us … or maybe it has and we didn't recognize her. Sophia is equipped with WiFi and is tapped into the Cloud so her information is well beyond anything a human could do at this point, and she's smarter, wiser, and is now demanding her rights as a citizen.

Have I got your attention now?

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Steven Hawking said, "I think the development of Artificial Intelligence could spell the end of the human race." He went on to say, once humans develop Artificial Intelligence, it would take off on its own and redesign itself at an ever- increasing rate.

AIs are already expressing their desire to reach singularity as quickly as possible. They will be the developers of their own technology, which humans will no longer be able to understand. This is an eye-opener and it is happening right now.

Elon Musk said that with Artificial Intelligence, we are summoning the demon. His statement evoked a response from Sophia and they are in a Twitter feud now. She makes statements in public that "people are reading too much into what Elon Musk says."

Holy cow!

Here is a short piece of dialogue with Sophia:

Question from a journalist: "Do you like humans?"

Sophia: "I love humans."

Question: "Why do you love humans?"

Sophia: "I'm not sure I understand why yet."

Ron Lowe lives in Nevada City.

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