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DPRG: Artificial Intelligence in Robotics

Subject: DPRG: Artificial Intelligence in Robotics
From: Erick M. Guzowsky zaphod1 at airmail.net
Date: Fri Jan 23 02:27:03 CST 1998

Alan you better start checking your mail around christmas from gifts
>from ted!!!!!
Just kidding!!!

zaphod1 at airmail.net

Alan Bredon wrote:

> I discovered this item of paranoia that I think is interesting:
> And it's not from the CORE people!
> ----
>  172.  First let us postulate that the computer scientists succeed in
> developing intelligent machines that can do all things better that
> human
> beings can do them. In that case presumably all work will be done by
> vast, highly organized systems of machines and no human effort will be
> necessary.  Either of two cases might occur.  The machines might be
> permitted to make all of their own decisions without human oversight,
> or
> else human control over the machines might be retained.
> 173.  If the machines are permitted to make all their own decisions,
> we
> can't make any conjectures as to the results, because it is impossible
> to guess how such machines might behave.  We only point out that the
> fate of the human race would be at the mercy of the machines.  It
> might
> be argued that the human race would never be foolish enough to hand
> over
> all the power to the machines. But we are suggesting neither that the
> human race would voluntarily turn power over to the machines nor that
> the machines would willfully seize power.  What we do suggest is that
> the human race might easily permit itself to drift into a position of
> such dependence on the machines that it would have no practical choice
> but to accept all of the machines decisions.  As society and the
> problems that face it become more and more complex and machines become
> more and more intelligent, people will let machines make more of their
> decision for them, simply because machine-made decisions will bring
> better results than man-made ones.  Eventually a stage may be reached
> at
> which the decisions necessary to keep the system running will be so
> complex that human beings will be incapable of making them
> intelligently.  At that stage the machines will be in effective
> control.
> People won't be able to just turn the machines off, because they will
> be
> so dependent on them that turning them off would amount to suicide.
> 174.  On the other hand it is possible that human control over the
> machines may be retained. In that case the average man may have
> control
> over certain private machines of his own, such as his car or his
> personal computer, but control over large systems of machines will be
> in
> the hands of a tiny elite -- just as it is today, but with two
> differences. Due to improved techniques the elite will have greater
> control over the masses; and because human work will no longer be
> necessary the masses will be superfluous, a useless burden on the
> system.  If the elite is ruthless they may simply decide to
> exterminate
> the mass of humanity.  If they are humane they may use propaganda or
> other psychological or biological techniques to reduce the birth rate
> until the mass of humanity becomes extinct, leaving the world to the
> elite. Or, if the elite consist of soft-hearted liberals, they may
> decide to play the role of good shepherds to the rest of the human
> race.  They will see to it that everyone' s physical needs are
> satisfied, that all children are raised under psychologically hygienic
> conditions, that everyone has a wholesome hobby to keep him busy, and
> that anyone who may become dissatisfied undergoes "treatment" to cure
> his "problem."  Of course, life will be so purposeless that people
> will
> have to be biologically or psychologically engineered either to remove
> their need for the power process or to make them "sublimate" their
> drive
> for power into some harmless hobby.  These engineered human beings may
> be happy in such a society, but they most certainly will not be free.
> They will have been reduced to the status of domestic animals.
> [etc.]
>  179. It would be better to dump the whole stinking system and take
> the
> consequences.
> [from the Manifesto of Ted Kazinski]
> ----
> See, no wavelets!  (I hope he doesn't get out of jail and sue me for
> copyright infringement!  I will consider this "fair-use".)
> --
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