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It seems a day does not go by without a new movie, book or T.V. show nurturing the idea of artificial intelligence becoming our doom. Leave it to the new Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron to add a cherry on top the what is now part of our collective consciousness. Even the world renowned physicist Steven Hawkins …   Read More

It seems a day does not go by without a new movie, book or T.V. show nurturing the idea of artificial intelligence becoming our doom. Leave it to the new Avengers movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron to add a cherry on top the what is now part of our collective consciousness. Even the world renowned physicist Steven Hawkins has given his prediction recently about what could happen if A.I. would become a reality. Of course, A.I. does exist to a lesser degree, the type of A.I. I am speaking of is that as described and professed by thinkers like futurist Ray Kurzweil who predicts that by the year 2030 humanity would have achieved technological singularity, or the step at which computers would match or surpass human intelligence. Such scenario was depicted by recent movies like the Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ex Machina, both of which depict a very negative result for this event, but does it really need go this way?

[tweet_box]The idea of the doom scenario being profitable is also well exemplified by other movies that profit from doom.[/tweet_box]

The doom scenario is profitable

the-terminator-1984 In many ways to talk about a doom scenario is profitable, I doubt Kurzweil or other futurists would have been making the money they raised if not without nurturing these ideas. This can be exemplified by how well the idea sells in Hollywood. Of course, if you look at the latest Avengers movie, it is also the entire Marvel universe and characters that help collect the profits. The idea of the doom scenario being profitable is also well exemplified by other movies that profit from doom, like The Transformers movies, The Matrix movies, The Terminator movies, Independence Day and the Day After Tomorrow are just a few of them. Doom does make money, because it plays with our fears about the future. [tweet_box]Because the machines would naturally conclude that eventually we would destroy each other anyways, why not skip that and being their existence destroying humanity.[/tweet_box]

What is true

There is a common thread among doom scenarios and A.I. I think some deserve serious consideration. The premise is: If A.I. is to achieve near human intelligence and machines do gain autonomous control of themselves, it is natural they will see us as the problem and would want to remove us from the picture. Because the machines would naturally conclude that eventually we would destroy each other anyways, why not skip that and being their existence destroying humanity.

 

The real threat

ex-machina The movie Ex-Machina makes an interesting link to our world. In the movie, don’t worry this is not a spoiler, the inventor of the A.I. is the equivalent of Google’s Sergei Grim or Larry Page. The approach is igniting the A.I. through the collection of search engine data over a large period of time. Therefore, it is not too unlikely that if Google continues to dominate the search engine sphere, it can collect so much data as to also attain such feat? Confidently, Ray Kurzweil works for Google as their Director of Engineering. Google has also purchased Boston Dynamics, an advanced robotics company. Recent clips were shown that show of this technology:

 

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