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The Intelligence Revolution: Visions of the Future


Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He’s the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory.

In this incredibly well done movie, he explains how Artificial Intelligence is affecting our lives now.  How our kids are spending more time in virtual worlds, such as “War of World Craft”,  than with their real friends. And how this will affect our lives in the near future.

It is an amazing review, of some of the scientific research that is taking place on the planet, related with Artificial Intelligence.

There is at least one thing that I do not agree with at all: that humans are going to have incorporated into their bodies more robotic parts than human parts in the near future.  To me, this final idea is nonsense.

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  1. Ahh Teresa, now you have touched upon my topic de-jour. The problem with technologists is not should we but how can we, go climb Mount Everest instead! AI and the possibility that it could form a singularity known as a species. Machines that would attract the emotions and even preferences of humans over other humans.

    All of this is scary for the first world because it leads to the de-socialisation and ultimately fall in population of the first world and at the moment we rely heavily on first world economies and I’m very very surprised not to hear any technologist speak to money as they require so much of it!

    We definately need to slow the rate of integration and I question the need for true AI in an unrestricted format. You askd the question on companion bots for elderly and infirm and I think yes, should they ever exceed the intelligence of the person the look after, from a social perspective no, at best they should be as a mirror to that person, sharing their interests, becoming as close to them as a twin an extension of their being not a replacement of others yet company for themselves.

    I think the short term question was artificial worlds and that is proving dangerous enough at a social level as we speak about internet predators and people who are shy spending more social time per day in AI worlds than in the human dynamic. They are not developing as a person should. At this stage yes I agree with no social implants.

    On the other hand with the elderly and infirm as like myself I have both CNS and skeletal syndromes, I would take the offer of robotic exo-skeletal parts right now because of these conditions perhaps not as replacements but add on’s. Would I even accept the help of an internal or external system that could help control this system, possibly yes.

    In the case of the normal human being of average intelligence and physical features should they get robotic prosthesis to up their position in society because of their bank account? Resoundingly no!

    But I think the big part of technology that is ignored in the program is bio-computing. What if we discovered that by giving a woman a pill during pregnancy that would increase their child’s intelligence by 20% by increasing the development of their brain synapses, our bio-computer. It was available world wide, should we not do that? Particularly BEFORE we start letting AI machines loose?

    What if we can grow replacement nerves or even brain parts for broken ones, bio-computing and networking. Should we not let this happen? Then should the ongoing struggle to fight disease is won what do we start of stop fighting biological aging?

    I suggest we stop learning AI in its tracks before we fall so far below the line of competency we cant even tie our own shoelaces anymore and wait for bio-computing to catch up and always, always surpass AI.

    Thats my world solution. No and forever into the future where humans interface with any devices Bio-computing should always exceed AI. This is a transition period and we need to implement this law now and into perpetuity.


    28 Apr 12 at 1:40 am

  2. Thank you so much for the link, Teresa.
    Very interesting and lots of names to look up!
    Kaku can be a bit OTT (“Over The Top”) but that is probably a mark of creative enthusiasm.
    One thing we have to bear in mind is that the ambulance coming to save your life must not insist on a credit card number. That sort of nightmare is alluded to by Susan Greenfield (always a good foil to over enthusiasm).
    Also we need to consider practicalities such as availability of antibiotics to make brain surgery sufficiently safe for non-emergency cases. There may be a, hopefully brief, moratorium on elective surgery in the near future because there are no new antibiotics in the pipeline to counter the fight-back by bacteria.
    Incidentally I believe the online game you refer to is called “World of Warcraft”.
    I have more comments on your project to post elsewhere when I am confident enough.

    David Green

    29 Apr 12 at 10:39 am

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