What Would Life Under AI Rule Really Look Like?

Power can take different 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”

Can an Authoritarian Mind Afford Futurism? 

An authoritarian submissive doesn’t imagine the future – he merely survives the present. The future is of interest only to those who expect to shape their own. 

  • The absence of hope for a better future is a cause for (political) concern.
  • Anxieties about the future must be addressed in order to counter the spread of authoritarian populism and illiberal nostalgia
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The Jetsons – The show that got us excited about the future (1963-65 & 1985-87)

The Hungarian version was the Mézga family (Message from the future – 1969-78)

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Would You Suck Up to an AI Overlord?

Our reaction to the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) tells more about humans than AI. Responses include three age-old fallacies:

1) Worshiping,
2) mistaking data with knowledge, and
3) the rehashing of the central planning fallacy. tumblr_p68dfaFMOc1skkfpco1_540

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