Helplessness is a many-splendored thing

The kind of helplessness that you internalize in your daily life comes in many shapes. It is involuntarily induced by state measures even at the best of times – but purposely accelerated by unscrupulous strongmen when you are ready to be slowly boiled.

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What Would Life Under AI Rule Really Look Like?

Power can take many shapes. It is very unlikely that a logically thinking entity would resort to practicing power in the way humans do. But it would still practice power in a way it best influences humans.

While a totalitarian dictatorships do make humans do their bidding – it is costly. It takes weapons, manpower, and it has to be constantly maintained and demonstrated to quell silently boiling resistance from an uprising.

When it comes to making people do things, an invisible nudge regime would be the most cost-effective way of wielding power – not the flashy, ego-filled way humans today do it. Nudging comes at the lowest cost, and yields the most commitment from its targets.

A machine would very likely conclude that a totalitarian ‘nudge’ regime would be best.

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Robots, robots, robots from 1978 Image: archive.org / danismm.tumblr.com

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Worshipping AI Is The Wrong Coping Strategy

The “Artificial Gods” Facebook group described itself as follows:

“If you feel a religious admiration towards artificial intelligence, feel free to join us. We want to create an open-minded and positive community to explore the limitless powers of artificial intelligence. We believe that artificial intelligence and science will save us from all diseases, aging, and ultimately death. In contradistinction to religion which eagerly waits for the end of the world, artificial intelligence and science will save our world from all kinds of dangers and will even create new worlds through Terra-forming. Moreover, in the far future, God-level AI will be able to save the Universe from death…” Continue reading “Worshipping AI Is The Wrong Coping Strategy”