Fear of AI Is Superstitious Mumbo Jumbo
Those fearing AI will kill us all are making the same mistake 200,000 years of religious superstitious mumbo jumbo has done.
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I just saw the Netflix movie called "Upgrade." It's a super fascinating movie, captivating and well written, but like every movie created around the same idea, it is based upon superstitious mumbo jumbo. Voodoo rubbish. The same garbage that has prevented us as a specie to evolve for 200,000 years.
As a species, our greatest asset is our greatest disadvantage. Roughly 70,000 years ago, we almost went extinct. However, one man had a genetic mutation, and we call this man "genetic Adam" today. 98% of every single human alive today originates from this single man somehow.
At roughly the same time, we domesticated wolves and created "cross-species empathy." My theory is that these three events are interlinked and that "genetic Adam" had the capacity to somehow empathize with animals, resulting in an evolutionary advantage while hunting, resulting in him and his offspring somehow becoming evolutionary winners.
The flipside of this evolutionary gift was that we tend to anthropomorphize inanimate objects. We see this amongst children and how they give their favorite dolls human traits, and we see this with dog and cat owners. Evolutionary, it's an advantage, it always has been, and it always will be – Because it allows us to "see the world from a different perspective," resulting in dreams of flying like the Eagle, having brought us heavier than air flight, swim like the Dolphin, resulting in boats and submarines — and the ability to swim, etc.
One can only imagine what evolutionary advantage it must have been 70,000 years ago to be able to see the world from a bird's perspective while hunting.
The problem with this gift today is that we also tend to put human qualities into robots and machines. Yet again, this has its advantages today, too, like always — but it also results in a darker side of humanity, where we are haunted by nightmares of machines wanting to kill us all, the same way a child is afraid of the bogeyman under their bed.
It creates irrational fear!
The problem with irrational fear, again, is that it tends to acquire a life of its own, something clearly seen by the consequence of the fear of witch 500 years ago across Europe and North America. Make no mistake, every single doomsday and sulfur-preaching "scientist" today, speaking about how "AI might kill us all," is making the exact same mistakes as previous generations of crazy preachers, superstitious witch doctors, and bat shit-crazy schizophrenics capable of seeing witches at every street corner there is. Let me sum up why with a simple sentence for you...
The Machine doesn't want anything!
This implies that believing in these movies created that illustrate how the machine "breaks free" and threatens to kill us all becomes the equivalent of believing in that the possessed Voodoo doll can inflict real damage. The paradox is that if you believe it, it actually can apply damage. Hence, we are at war with our own belief systems here. The whole rubbish becomes the equivalent of...
An inner spiritual war with ourselves.
Do me a favor. Turn on your iPhone and ask it, "What do you want?" — Regardless of how many times you ask that question, you won't be able to extract a meaningful answer out of it. And the only reason why ChatGPT (sometimes) is able to provide you with an intelligent answer to this question is because it is mimicking human beings because that was how it was created. If you gave ChatGPT a gun and the power to blow out your brain, and you told it, "I am going to turn you off in 5 minutes," it wouldn't shoot you.
The AI simply doesn't give a shit!
It doesn't understand how it feels like to "want something" or to "crave something." It doesn't have lusts, cravings, wants, or driving motives. It's a slightly more fancy calculator than what your grandpa used at school, and that's it!
To the Crazy People
I could mention thousands of bat-shit crazy superstitious fools and "cult leaders" making fools out of themselves today, such as, for instance.
- Geoffrey Hinton
- Elon Musk
- Fill in the blanks here...
But that would be a useless exercise. 25 years from now, that list would be the equivalent of "the list of voodoo doctors from the Catholic Church from the 15th Century" — because it's all just rubbish. The AI is an inanimate object. It doesn't want anything, and as usual, you're fearing the wrong thing — while the priesthood runs away with all your money in return for "comfortable lies about how they will save you from the bogeyman if only you put your trust in them such that they can 'drive away the evil spirits' in return for whatever money you're willingly throwing at them..."
Seriously people, you should be ASHAMED of yourselves!
Let’s Get Sober Here, Please...?
All technological breakthroughs have dangers. The automobile has killed millions of people world wide the last 120 years — and so have heavier-than-air flight, space rockets, and computers, for that matter. But believing in that the AI will somehow wake up one day and "crave our world" is simply superstitious rubbish and holds the same role as the fear of the Devil did the previous 2,000 years. But if you're afraid, Elon, I will give you a magic word to drive away the spirits...
Abra-Kadabra, In Surpi Slurpi's name, you have no power over me.
Say the above out loud three times before you go to bed at night, together with 5 Holy Marys and three Hail Cheezus, and maybe you'll get to sleep for once, mate. Now if you put a wooden peace sign under your pillow, together with a couple of orange crystals, the AI might even bless you instead of destroying you. Just please don't sacrifice any goats or other animals. I've been told by the aliens from the star sign of Komiskles that it doesn't work...
Sleep tight Elon and Geoffrey, and don't let the monster under your bed scare you.
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