Kissinger pens ominous warning on dangers of artificial intelligence..”How the enlightenment ends”

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has issued a stark warning to humanity: advances in artificial intelligence could lead to a world which humans will no longer be able to understand — and we should start preparing now.

What if machines learn to communicate with each other? What if they begin to establish their own objectives? What if they become so intelligent that they are making decisions beyond the capacity of the human mind?

Those are some of the questions the 95-year-old Kissinger poses in a piece published by the Atlantic under the apocalyptic headline: ‘How The Enlightenment Ends.’

Kissinger’s interest in artificial intelligence began when he learned about a computer program that had become an expert at Go — a game more complicated than chess. The machine learned to master the game by training itself through practice; it learned from its mistakes, redefined its algorithms as it went along — and became the literal definition of ‘practice makes perfect.’

We are, Kissinger warns, in the midst of a “sweeping technical revolution whose consequences we have failed to fully reckon with and whose culmination may be a world relying on machines powered by data and algorithms and ungoverned by ethical or philosophical norms.”

Kissinger uses the example of a self-driving car. Driving a car requires judgements in impossible-to-predict circumstances. What would happen, he asks, if the car found itself having to decide between killing a grandparent or killing a child? Who would it choose, and why?

Artificial intelligence goes “far beyond” the kind of automation we are used to, he says, because AI has the ability to“establish its own objectives,” which makes it “inherently unstable.” In other words, through its processes, AI “develops an ability previously thought to be reserved for human beings.”

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here is a tissue henry..its your helped create it..

“What if machines learn to communicate with each other? What if they begin to establish their own objectives? What if they become so intelligent that they are making decisions beyond the capacity of the human mind?”

“what if” indeed..

note the image up top is from the button in a pyramid..


~ by seeker401 on July 11, 2018.

3 Responses to “Kissinger pens ominous warning on dangers of artificial intelligence..”How the enlightenment ends””

  1. As if they did not see this coming – yeah right!

    And AI is not AI. It is just computers programmed to follow a set of rules hardwired by people.

  2. I thought this was interesting. I took it from one of the articles in seeker’s Twitter:

    “Taking their cue from Elon Musk colonizing Mars, Peter Thiel reversing the aging process, or Sam Altman and Ray Kurzweil uploading their minds into supercomputers, they were preparing for a digital future that had a whole lot less to do with making the world a better place than it did with transcending the human condition altogether and insulating themselves from a very real and present danger of climate change, rising sea levels, mass migrations, global pandemics, nativist panic, and resource depletion. For them, the future of technology is really about just one thing: escape (Survial of the Psychopaths).”

    My thoughts: Cued by Kissinger’s article. The Enlightenment is a philosophy of humanity and has been in place for centuries mainly solidified by Immanuel Kant and Hegel made it a matter of the Nation-State. The interesting twist now incumbent is the Enlightenment had always been a progressive movement one in which original sin and continued actual sin had been replaced with the idea that man is good. The affirmation that man is good is now a State imperative under the guise of human rights and the affirmation that man should be able to do all he desires as long as a person does not impede upon the desires of another person. For example, it is why minority rights are the ‘thing’ they are today. People can be who they want to be as long as nobody gets in the way of their desires. Of course such a notion is arbitrary because somebody is always going to get hurt. People are so emotive today that women’s vaginas scream or progressive college students cry and think it is the end of the world if one part of society desires a respect and moral attitude in which they are allowed to put into practice life instead of murdering babies or safe bathrooms and gym locker rooms where a little girl is not subject to a man coming in because the man thinks he is a woman. The twist in the social narrative is seen by Kissinger’s understanding. The man of the Enlightenment era is no longer able to escape into a desired change of optimism due to man’s innate goodness, as those of Enlightenment or progressive era once thought. Kissinger’s comments are actually the pessimism and despair of what is born out of all of that misplaced hope in how technology proves man is on the right track. That is what they thought in the 19th century and it peeked in the later 20th and early 21st century with the internet, computer tech, and the promise that high tech will revolutionize mankind again into a utopia, just like the previous generations. This time it is different though. The hope of the Enlightenment in man being essentially good and the evidence was the new technology of the industrial age, e.g. steamboats, cameras, trains, oil, airplanes, cars, etc. Now man imprisoned by the coming technological revolution and the likes of Kissinger are scared. Isn’t man innately good Mr. Kissinger? Will not man figure it out and it will out turn to be the best ever times to come? Mr. Kissinger is scared because no longer can those like him point to the high tech and find evidence of greater tomorrow. They are flooded with doubt and escapism. How many of Musk’s rockets have to blow up or his submarines be seen as impractical to rescue the Thai soccer team? How much are their dreams, like flying cars, going to be seen for what they are? Boys playing with toys and girls trying to play with boy toys. As long as people flaunt the new escapism to get out of their own reality, like boys thinking they are girls and vice versa and the many other ways to escape from their own making and agenda, the more they will cry when they spill their own milk. As you said seek, here’s a tissue Kissinger.

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