Welcome grasshoppers and butterflies,
Artificial intelligence has become - kind of like, the new "arms race" of our day, except the players aren't just governments, they're corporations too.
While there are a lot of different opinions about what's going to happen in the future, one thing we can all be sure of - everyone is cranking up the speed for the biggest "control & power" product of all time.
The term "artificial intelligence" covers a broad range of technologies. This website looks at the specific type of artificial intelligence that enables a machine to equal or exceed the general intelligence of a human with the capability to learn and improve itself.
This site refers to this technology as - "artificial general intelligence" or "AGI".
If AGI is achieved, it may be possible the machine could teach itself at a much faster rate, than that of humans.
Some ways it may be able to learn, are: direct uploads of information submitted by the scientists in charge of it, accessing the internet and gathering an enormous amount of information, and from visual experiences learned by itself and any robots connected to it.
The AGI could be hardwired to a warehouse facility dedicated to memory storage: giving it the potential to store an enormous amount of data.
If AGI were to be achieved, the scientists in charge of it, may then have access to a much higher intelligence.
If AGI is achieved by a corporation, it is likely the scientists in charge of it will do what they are told to do, by their manager or by their CEO.
The CEO (chief executive officer) of a corporation is the highest ranking person in the company. Since CEOs are typically appointed and evaluated by a board of directors, and the board members are elected by shareholders, the ultimate goal of most corporations - is to generate profits to benefit its shareholders. The corporation benefits its shareholders by preserving shareholder value and by making distributions to the shareholders (known as dividends).
With "labor costs" being the largest expense for most businesses, building humanoid robots to sell or lease to other businesses, could become a lucrative opportunity for the CEO in charge of the - higher intelligence.
The profit potential of selling or leasing humanoids to businesses, governments, and the wealthy to use in their homes, could be astronomical.
they may be manufactured to be indistinguishable from that of humans.
And if these robots do have a high intelligence and the potential to be stronger and faster than humans, they could pose a serious danger to the world's labor market.
If your company could replace you with a machine that costs them less and does a better job than you do, they will likely have to - to remain competitive.
As these robots infiltrate our society, it may be possible they will all communicate remotely with the AGI, which will act as a "mind-cloud". All information each robot observes would transfer to the AGI, which could record that information in its storage bank and in turn make that information available to all the robots. It may be possible these robots will be equipped with facial recognition to identify humans. So for example: if you said to one robot - "I don't like robots", theoretically, all robots would instantly know what you said.
(As the author of this website, I didn't fabricate that idea. I watched an 18 minute, 45 second online video published on July 12, 2017 by a woman, Bertha C. (Two AI robots Sophia & Han debate the future of humanity - Rise 2017), of a robotic company currently working on technology like this: where one robot learns something, all the robots will have access to that knowledge through an AI mind-cloud connected by wifi. The host of that video, apparently a chief scientist for the robotics company, elaborated that it offers enormous benefits because it takes a lot of effort for people to transfer knowledge, and that computers can do it - much more efficiently. In that video, he also mentions a few other shocking things: like the time frame of when he thinks robots could possibly become as smart as people, about how people don't need jobs and about how the world will be a better place once robots do our jobs. You can find that video by copying and pasting that title in a search engine. Watch it and decide for yourself.)
This concept of robots cross-training eachother is mind boggling, because it means, every robot could become proficient in every field; at least in every field where just one robot has been trained or learns about.
For example: if one robot learns martial arts, they all know martial arts.
If technology like this is achieved, it could change the world as we know it, for example: if these types of robots replace nurses in hospitals, with the cross-training feature and the ability to access information from the mind-cloud, how long do you think it will take for the robot-nurses to surpass the intelligence of our human-doctors?
and robots are built to replace jobs people do, the possible repercussions could result in many people without income, causing many to have to sell their homes, with many possibly defaulting on their mortgages.
If society moves too quicky - replacing human workers with robots, with fewer employed people (less qualified buyers could mean a significantly smaller demand for the residential real estate market), and an abundance of homes possibly being put up for sale in a relatively short period of time, (meaning a significantly large supply of homes could possibly become available), then the law of supply and demand says - the housing market could plumett.
If this were to happen, then it's possible many mortgage companies might not be able to resell their properties in default for the principal amounts of their loans. They may then, have to write off the differences, as losses. Investment and retirement funds with interests in mortgage-backed securities could possibly decline as a result of the losses, causing many to lose a portion of their savings or retirement income. People with savings that are depleting, who rely on money for their own survival, might hold tight to their remaining money. This behavior could cause food banks and shelters who were already struggling - to close their doors. The massive unemployment could possibly impact other sectors of the world's economy resulting in further economic problems.
Some may say the online videos of humanoid robots they've seen, aren't too impressive; so they'll think we have quite some time before anything like this, could happen.
Well I say, let's hope so, but I believe it is possible, corporations that aren't looking for outside funding, may not be publicly disclosing their achievements.
Some may say jobs will be created to fix the new robots.
Well I say, with the cross training capability (as discussed above), once one robot is trained in servicing robots, all robots are trained in servicing them.
Some may say computers and industrialized machinery have taken our jobs before, but people are resilient and will find other jobs to do.
Well I say, this scenario is different - as humanoid robots could be direct competitors with humans, and if robots could do jobs as well, or better than people can, and cost employers less: there's no choice for employers - they're going to have to use them - to be competitive.
Some may say, local governments will protect us because we have rights - robots don't.
Well I say, do you remember there was a sci-fi movie that came out a few years ago, the main robot, they named - Chappie? If you've seen this movie, you know what I mean when I say - you can't help it, you start to have feelings for the robot. While that movie was very entertaining, keep in mind - robots don't have souls. Currently, even though robots aren't at this advanced stage, there are people who already want artificial intelligence systems to have rights. If you research this topic, you'll see what I'm talking about.
Some may suggest our government impose a tax on employers who utilize robots.
Well I say, imposing a robot tax will only hurt our economy, as other countries that don't impose robot taxes will be more competitive than us.
Some may suggest our government will provide displaced workers some type of subsidy.
Well I ask, even if they do, how long can they do that for?
Some may say the company that achieves AGI will do good things with the new knowledge.
Well I ask, why would a corporation setup to benefit its shareholders, do that?
Some may get desperate and suggest we should change from a capitalistic society, to socialism or to a communist society.
Well I say, that's not a good idea: the last thing we want to do - is give up more freedom.
Some may suggest to build bunkers, stockpile food and guns.
Well I ask, is that how you want to live?
Some may say, if it gets out of control, governments will stop it.
Well I say, short of nuking our planet, no one and no government is stopping technology: it's a freight train with no brakes, gaining momentum as it rolls down hill - and nothing can stop it.
Some may panic and say we need to evolve or merge with machines to remain relevant.
Well I say, before you even think about doing something like that, click here to read this.
While most of us can not determine when (or will, if ever) technology like this will be achieved, one thing we can all be sure of - is that artificial intelligence technologies are moving fast: for example, who would have ever thought we would see in our lifetime - cars that drive themselves?
Well we can, right here in Las Vegas, and in other cities, like Boston, Massachusetts: and if these machines could process all the factors involved with driving on our busy streets, how long do you think it will be before AGI is achieved?
Nobody knows, what the future holds. While it is possible AGI will never be achieved, it's a good idea to educate yourself and to apprise yourself of all options available to you.
Here's a suggestion, you may find a little ridiculous at first, but give it some thought, and you may see, for many of us - it may be our only hope.
Many years ago, in the cellar of our old home, my mother read me a certain book: and I believe in that book - there's a story of hope.
We can learn from "Buck",
the fictional St. Bernard-Scotch Shepherd, from Jack London's classic novel "The Call of the Wild".
When Buck's world fell apart, he reverted back to his "learned experiences" and he answered the call.
Like "Buck", you too can learn how to rekindle your most precious attribute:
"your primal wild".
The skills learned in rekindling your "wild", may help you survive if times were to get tough, or if civilization were to collapse or change, as we know it.
Wild animals have also been known to have special senses.
By sharpening your senses and heightening your awareness, you may be able to determine: "real or robot" if robot manufacturers do make them - indistinguishable.
Rekindling your wild takes quite a bit of time to do, so you may want to start preparing.
Do your own research, give it thought and you may reach the same conclusion.
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This webpage was last revised on January 15th, 2020 - Rev. Final
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