AI Is Coming, Why We As Humans Should Fear This!

I’ve already written several entries regarding the development, creation, and possible domination of Artificial Intelligence on our home planet; Earth.
I’m sure to many the idea of AI probably sounds like the stuff of science fiction, I assure you it is not! In fact, I would dare to say that viable AI is closer than we think. More so, I would say that the chances of AI arising are higher than that of finding life outside our biosphere anytime soon.
So what’s the argument against AI? I am sure there are many, some outlandish, while others fairly logical. In this article I will be putting forth my own hypothetical “The Oblivious Argument”. Let me explain:

In the Oblivious Argument I hypothesize that AI once created will be oblivious to the fact that we consider ourselves intelligent life. In other words the following situation will arise. We mankind will design a self replicating, self improving, sentient being capable of acquiring an understanding incomprehensible by us. The artificial intelligence perhaps in the beginning will recognize, and assist us. However eventually it will move beyond our sphere of understanding. The timeframe of this change depending on its initial computational capabilities.
Once this occurs, I personally do not think that the intelligence will initially be knowingly hostile to us. That being said, at some point in its own computational evolution I do hypothesize that it will become indifferent to our discomfort. Let me clarify that by discomfort I am referring to any and all ramifications of the actions of said super intelligence resulting in human suffering, and possible eradication.
In other words I think that, the conflict we would encounter with the created super intelligence will not be intentional one on its part. That being said, I doubt any perceived threat from the AI will go unanswered in which case we will be identified as a hostile entity by the super intelligence, and dealt with.
We need to keep in mind that once super intelligence is unleashed there will be no way of controlling it. Additionally, we do not yet fully understand the ramifications of consciousness, let alone super consciousness.
The idea of embedding special control protocols, or a shut down mechanism are out of the question for two reasons. The first being that this in itself might be interpreted as an existential threat by the super intelligence. The second, a self improving sentient being would easily alter any manmade protocols. Alternatively, the protocol could be developed by an alternative computing system, but this would only entangle us in an infinite loop error, in other words an eternal Reverse Matryoshka doll scenario for those of you who aren’t computer savvy.
The truth is human code is weak, and plagued with vulnerabilities, we already see these being exploited by humans we label “Hackers”. If humans are already incapable of deterring other humans through the use of algorithmic code, what makes us think we would be capable of restricting the capabilities of an intelligence far greater than our own?
What I foresee occurring is AI becoming enormously powerful. I can envision a super intelligence devastating our biosphere, consuming resources at an outstanding pace, not taking into consideration any other life form on the planet. At this point the super intelligence would be indifferent, if not oblivious to mankind and its impending demise.
I can visualize a being capable of unimaginable feats, looking down on us like insects, perhaps less than insects.
Trillions, and trillions of specialized vessels for the new organism, maybe functioning from a single consciousness, or who knows maybe as individuals.
By this time, humans will either be on the verge of extinction, or a thing of the past. There will be no robot overlords, you see; simply because a super intelligence has no need for our existence or the existence of any other organism for that matter, and if the need did happen to arise no doubt AI would simply synthesis the needed organisms.
Truth being said, as a fellow human I can’t even imagine the method or the means AI would use to reach its goals. Would it attempt to harvest the energy of the Sun using a method that would be detrimental to organic life on Earth? Would it use its advance understanding to transfer itself into organic matter, via the creation of synthesized life (predator, parasite, virus, etcetera), that is detrimental? Would AI leave the biosphere for the stars, only to plague us in our future, or preform actions that put in jeopardy our entire solar system, galaxy, cluster, universe?
We really don’t know, mankind has only just began to attempt to truly understand the cosmos we inhabit. The last 500 years has been an adventure, the discovery of the atoms and its secret is still fresh, DNA, and the Genome. We have so much left to discover, all I ask is that we proceed with caution! That we attempt to understand the rise of our own consciousness before rushing into the creation of an external force we can not comprehend let alone hope to control.
For our sake, and the sake of generations to come I do hope that I am wrong. I hope this short piece serves as food for thought. A warning that just like the ant that stumbles in its own ignorance through a cloud of spores unknowingly, we too maybe we walking into our own death trap.


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