AI is not the Future—It’s Already Here!

In No uncertain terms, it’s offensive to release a program such as Cleverbot to the public when we know that the AI Movement is so much more advanced. CNBC hinted at this as well in an article from January 26, 2016. CNBC, Jan. 26, 2016, “It's too late! Artificial intelligence is already everywhere”. CNBC mentioned Arthur C. Clarke’s, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and another movie, Ex-Machina, as two examples of how AI can go wrong, but then it also pointed out that the scary thing is that corporations all over the world are already using AI as part of their operations. [Ibid.]

When this article was written, about $700 million had been invested in AI startups. This is of course the official records, which don’t include the “black budget” from which most of the funds are coming. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, for example, who is on the forefront when it comes to AI, has as one of his goals for 2016, according to this article, to “code” a personal assistant to “help run his life.” The CNBC correspondent, Julia Boorstin, adds, “Or takes it over?”[Ibid. op. cit.]

I mentioned Microsoft’s Windows 10 earlier, but it’s appropriate to add something to our previous discussion. Cortina is a new type of browser that includes AI; it learns as it goes along and after some usage, the browser has learned what you want and how you want it and “intuitively” gets a step or two ahead of you. This is of course not an anonymous program, and it reports back to its owner: Microsoft. Microsoft then learns about the patterns of its users and about human behavior in general; it’s a new type of intrusion in privacy and another way of preventing people from thinking for themselves. As I mentioned before; in the Internet’s early days, almost everybody who used it was concerned about privacy—it was a big deal! At that time, we were still able to experience privacy and security, something we valued. Most of us did the best we could to be as private as possible, and we would never even consider doing online banking or in any way type in our credit card number on the Internet so that it could potentially be traced. Now, all those security measures we took were thrown out the window; we willingly give our information away, even when we’re not required to. I don’t mean credit cards only; we are also giving ourselves away constantly on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and so on. Google has ads that are tailor made for each user, based on their Internet browsing, which is rigorously tracked. Now you even need a Google account when you sign up for Windows 8 and Windows 10. I recall a few years ago, when David Icke eventually accepted Google ads on his website. That became too much for his webmaster, who, being a proud Texan, resigned because of this. Icke soon got a new webmaster, however.

Julia Boorstin ends her CNBC article with the following quote:

"I'm investing very aggressively right now in where artificial/human-assisted intelligence meets health care, education, financial services around the block chains and media," venture capitalist Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital told CNBC at Davos last week. [Ibid. op. cit.p>

There is hardly any turning back; those with corporate and financial interests will never reject AI—for them it is the future, and in competition, it’s also their only way to survive. These people are ruthlessly bulldozing the entire human race, and the sad part is that we, as a species, are letting ourselves be run over by the corporate bulldozers, hiding our heads in the sand, so we can’t see them coming. We’re soon going to be painfully aware that hiding our heads in the sand won’t save us any more than it saves an ostrich.

Next page: Next step: Boosting everybody’s IQ!


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