Tuesday 21st of August 2018

the days of reckoning...


As Elon and Vladimir know, the great debate that is masked by our political dumbdumbdom and our religious historical delusions is Artificial Intelligence. It is important to talk about it now. I chose to use the cartoon above rather than the frightening prospect of a Deleteator coming back to terminate us instead. Here the frightening prospect that humanity is on a downwards trend, started long ago and now with a Trumperator in charge, is managed with a certain kind of AI patronising... We can do better, but from where we have arrived to, we need AI to help us along. 

We did invent AI for a reason, which we don’t know about yet. First technology was to help us build bigger thingies and transport thingies faster and faster while we would loaf more and more, watching our robots do our job. Our natural laziness has been our downfall. 

First, this laziness started by the invention of religions. This is lazy. Very lazy submission to a protocol of misunderstanding. Religion is a lazy way of fudging our potential as a natural species in evolution. Thus we fail or did we? Our robots are already smarter than us though they don’t indulge in philosophical debate yet. 

In the nineteenth century, Eton “university” was against the railways because as some professors would argue the railways would spoil the brains of young boys. Meanwhile the Queen Victoria wanted to access Windsor Castle faster through the railways. The compromise was a long way around that still ended where it was intended. 

At this juncture, we’re in the same boat with Artificial Intelligence. We can go around it as far as we can, the end point will be the same. But the religious illusionists won’t have a bar of it. Sciences need Artificial Intelligence in order to crunch better knowledge which we need. Politically, we’re in stupidland. Artificial intelligence could calculate in a nanosecond the best way to avoid disaster, but we like long-winded vacuous speeches. They put us to sleep, while AI never sleeps and progresses towards an improvement of processes that will limit our stupidity to only playing Nitendo war games — or Crush Something online... May be if Artificial Intelligence is kind, it will let us entertain ourselves and entertain it, or its multiplicity if it. Welcome to the next level of “intelligence” in which we have to become either smarter than we are now or become subservient to the machines...

My washing machine and my fridge are already smarter than me... all I need now is to remember when to change my underpants. Oh dear, the washing machine knows...


Gus Leonisky

Your local welcoming agent to our overlord, the machines...


food for non-thinking AI...

Vladimir Putin may secretly be on the side of Elon Musk in their indirect debate over the threat posed by artificial intelligence (AI). As Arkady Volozh, the head of Yandex, pitched him on the technology’s potential, the Russian president inquired about when AI ‘will eat us’.

The question seemed to baffle the head of Russia’s biggest tech firm, who was giving Putin a tour on the company’s Moscow HQ on Thursday.

“I hope never”, he replied after taking a pause to gather his thoughts. “It’s not the first machine to be better than humans at something. An excavator digs better than we do with a shovel. But we don’t get eaten by excavators. A car moves faster than we do…”

But Putin seemed unconvinced. “They don’t think,” he remarked.

Volozh acknowledged that it was true and scrambled back to his speech on AI’s merits.

AI seems to have become a sort of fad in the Russian government lately. Putin, when asked earlier this month by a group of kids about who would rule the world in the future, said it will be whichever country manages to perfect artificial intelligence.

READ MORE: 'Whoever leads in AI will rule the world’: Putin to Russian children on Knowledge Day

The remark was taken as an ominous sign by some people in the West while Elon Musk, an outspoken advocate of restricting AI development, warned competition between nations in this area may lead to World War III.

AI, or more precisely, self-learning algorithms, are at the core of modern tech firms like Yandex, Google or Facebook. An increasing number of online services rely on such algorithms including search engines, automated translation between languages, image enhancement and targeting of advertising – which of course pays for all of this.

As the technology matures, it is being adapted for ‘real world’ applications like self-driving cars or even the optimization of centuries-old manufacturing technology like metal casting, Volozh told Putin during the tour.

However there is concern that such algorithms and robots controlled by them would make millions of human employees redundant over the next couple of decades, creating a large force of disenfranchised people. A debate also rages over whether humans should entrust AI with tasks of an ethical nature, such as the use of lethal weapons.

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vladimir knows...

Russian president Vladimir Putin has joined the war of words concerning the international race to develop artificial intelligence. Speaking to students last Friday, Putin predicted that whichever country leads the way in AI research will come to dominate global affairs.


“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind,” said Putin, reports RT. “It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”





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anyone can...

“You have to grow up in America to really understand this belief that anyone can be president,” Sutherland told the Observer. “There is a very strong idea that everybody has the potential to be great. And that clearly has both good and bad sides.”

The Emmy award-winning actor, famous for films such as The Lost Boys and Flatliners, became a household name as Jack Bauer in 24, the landmark television thriller of the early 2000s. In his latest series, made byNetflix, Sutherland plays a low-level cabinet member who is thrust into leadership after a major terrorist attack wipes out fellow members of the US government.

It is a dark premise, said the actor and co-producer, which goes to the heart of a powerful American faith in their system. From George Washington’s fabled inability to tell a lie, through to Mr Smith Goes to Washington, the much-loved 1939 Frank Capra film in which James Stewart challenges corruption on Capitol Hill, respect for democracy has been built on a shared belief that the little man can win in the end.

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AI will be good for humanity...

Steve Wozniak, US computer designer and businessman, co-founder of the Apple company © Alexey Kudenko / SputnikDespite the likes of Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk warning about the danger of artificial intelligence, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that robots will become great helpers to humanity as he visited Moscow State University on Saturday.

“I’m not worried,” Wozniak said, when asked about the dangers of artificial intelligence. 

“Don’t be scared off” by claims that robots may destroy humanity, he said, adding that “as a matter of fact, you should… [make] artificial intelligence work better and better to help humans.” 


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I'm here to help...

Sophia' the life-size social robot speaks at the United Nations, telling the audience she is 'a year-and-a-half old and I can see you, have a  full conversation, make thousands of facial expressions and understand speech and meaning behind words'. It adds: 'And I just got these new hands – check this out' before moving its fingers. United Nations deputy secretary general Amina J Mohammed asks the robot a question about how the UN can help those without basic needs such as electricity. 'Sophia' quotes William Gibson before talking about how artificial intelligence is more efficient and can be used to better distribute resources. The robot thanks the audience before attempting a slightly forced smile.

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Meanwhile the deluded dorks quit:


After several years of rocky relations, the United States as well as Israel have withdrawn from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing, among other factors, the organization’s alleged anti-Israel bias.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO," read the US State Department press release about the exit.

To discuss the withdrawal, Brian Becker and Walter Smolarek on Sputnik Radio's Loud and Clear were joined by two guests: Jafar Ramani, a Palestinian freelance journalist, and Kim Ives, an editor for Haitian newspaper Haiti Liberte. Smolarek started by asking Ramani what impact the US exit would have on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"On the situation of Palestine?" Ramani asked. "Minimal. On the situation of UNESCO itself? Huge. It's about funding: America owes UNESCO over $600 million. They have not paid their dues since 2011, and if you starve any organization of funding, it becomes totally ineffective."

The US stopped paying its dues because US laws passed in the 1990s prohibit Washington from financially supporting any UN organization with Palestine as a full member, which UNESCO became in 2011.

"Unfortunately now with the Trump administration and [US Ambassador to the US] Nikki Haley, the new sheriff at the UN, Israel comes before the US, before the Palestinians, before anyone," said Ramani. "The Israelis and the Americans like to describe their relationship as a 'special relationship.' In this relationship, Israel is special and America is the relation."

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