Will A Future Society Be Ruled By AI?

Will the last president or the last king or the last dictator or the last chairman be an AI?  We know AI can be biased according to the data sets that we provide to the AI for training.  In order for the AI to be less bias, the data sets should be more balance for obvious reasons.  Nonetheless, this is a sort of primitive AI since it could not learn on its own and requires data sets to be fed into its logic programs.  What I’m more interesting in is the AI of the future in which the AI itself will always learn everything on its own from the very first day just like how a real human infant could start learning from the very beginning.

Can a self-learned AI be more just and less bias than the human counterparts?  Probably not, right?  Self-learned AI doesn’t require humans to dictate what data should be fed to the AI’s logic programs, but the self-learned AI probably still requires data from somewhere to allow the self-learning journey to begin.  If the data that the self-learned AI started with were biased, could this AI be very biased?  I think such an AI could be very biased unless this AI also accepts extra data that humans could feed into the AI’s logic programs.

Nonetheless, I think training self-learned AI could be easier as time progresses since all you need to do as to feed as much data as possible to self-learned AI without worrying about the careful categorification of the data.  Although we humans should still make sure the data we feed to the self-learned AI is going to be helpful to the AI in the shortest amount of time.  The self-learned AI should be able to continue on its own to extract experience from its own plus from the extra data that the humans feed to the AI’s logic programs.

Let’s imagine that one day the self-learned AI could be self-conscious.  This self-conscious AI could then pass on the experience and knowledge of its own logic programs to any other replicable AI machine without any problem.  One step beyond this is all self-conscious AI could communicate and share the experiences with each other like a huge universal network yet each AI on its own would experience and self-learn whatever on its own.

How sure are we that self-learned, self-conscious, super smart, super knowledgeable AI could be more just and less-bias than a super intelligent, honorable human being?  Let’s imagine a society of a future in which such an AI would exist, and this AI would run the society as judges, decision-makers, resource-distribution-makers, attorneys, and so forth.  Let’s assume the AI would not make a mistake in regards to being bias and so forth.  Will society be more just?

What if the humans are going to be wrong about the self-conscious AI in which the AI is so smart that it could be biased without the humans know that it’s biased?  Will the AI then be favoring certain individuals over other and allowing a certain group to be princes and elites and the rest be peasants and criminals?  I mean, can a society that would be run by a group of self-conscious AIs do away with the caste system and bias and similar sort of things?  If not, why do we even want a self-conscious AI to make the decision for us?

Of course, we humans can allow self-conscious AI to have the power of an assistant and not of a king, but then who would be able to stop the self-conscious AI to overpower and override the humans?  Assuming that self-conscious AI is smarter and trickier than a human being, it’s possible that us humans won’t be able to outsmart such a machine and would eventually be subjected to AI’s rule.  Thus if we’re going to be wrong we should be prepared to be ruled by the last ruler who is probably going to be a self-conscious AI machine.


Machines Versus Wo/Men In Creating Music

Artificial intelligence algorithms are now beginning to dabble with making music.  Well, these software are not only producing beats but they’re composing lyrics and whatnot as if the humans are doing these things themselves.  This is scary, because musicians may have to compete not only against other humans but also against machines to produce awesome music.  Nonetheless, I think the humans will have an edge over machines in this artistic realm, because humans tend to do better in term of creating something that is soulful.  For an example, I doubt an artificial machine can write a song that is beautifully written to touch a human soul, because artificial intelligence may not have any experience in a real world in which a moving situation would occur.  With that being said, I could be wrong, because artificial intelligence after all is being created in human images, thus if the algorithms are smart enough they can just produce something that as beautiful as we have created.   Anyhow, check out few songs that are already written and produced by artificial intelligence right after the break.  Enjoy!

Afterthought:  If one day a machine can create something truly random — which is kind of unreasonable since algorithm may have to stick to the rules — perhaps then a machine can actually randomly create something that is way more creative than how the humans could have done.  Come to think of randomness, I wonder, can humans’ imaginations actually be random?  After all, we humans exist in a physical world in which physics rules and laws are governing our every actions.  Perhaps, we like to think we could be more creative than artificial intelligence since we can make something radically random which may be very creative, but gravity can humble us since our imaginations cannot really exist outside of rules and laws that permit a brain to exist in the first place.  I think random could be an illusion, because whatever possible is already existed before humankind, and only by through the illusion of the brain that we think we create something.  In truth, I think we only discover the things that are already permissible.

Will There Be A Day That We Can Say POVERTY IS NO MORE?

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Picture of siblings living in extreme poverty in El Salvador. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Although the “Poor Us:  an animated history – Why Poverty?” video which I embedded in this post doesn’t have an answer which can address poverty of the world, it certainly does heighten the awareness of an interesting topic which seems to never be out of sight and out of mind of earthly citizens since the dawn of time.  The video cherry picked few well known historic events and myths to narrate the story of historic poverties.  It also touched on few near contemporary historic poverty events.  It does not actually providing enough insight into why we humans could not get rid of poverty, but it’s understandable since we humans could not find out how to get rid of poverty once and for all yet.  Nonetheless, it does raise a point in that it recognizes many people since the historic pasts have been knowingly acknowledged the idealism of — if everyone is rich, nobody would want to do the dirty works.  Is it an ideal to hold dear to heart by us?  I certainly hope not, because this ideal is so readily promoting that fews should rule and the rest should toil away as slaves.  I think, instead of holding this ideal dearly to heart, one must strive on to find a real solution to poverty even if there isn’t one, and only by doing this the world would be a much nicer home for us all.

As technology advances faster than I could dream, here come the ideal of having machines to do the humans’ dirty works.  Will this address poverty as the human timeline moves ahead?  Then there is a very real problem at hand, and this problem is not going to be easy to swallow.  Which?  I’m talking about the explosion of populations around the world.

China is implementing one child policy still, but the government there is having a second thought about this policy as its society is now facing the problem of having more men than women, in term of population wise in correlation with the stability of a society.  Everywhere else is living a higher standard than the historic pasts for healthcare had improved greatly, therefore peoples’ lifespan is now much much better.  In short, the world that we know today has a population that is much much larger than any population of the pasts.  The kick is that as we move ahead into the future, the world is striving to have even bigger population.  It is easy to understand why this is so!  It is so, because today living standard is not going to suddenly slip back into the medieval living standard (i.e., living standard of medieval period).  Of course, I did disregard about the possibility of having the world going insane, did I?  Such insanity would be another world war (i.e., nuclear war) and the likes.  Such insanity might destabilize the current growth rate of the world population, but it certainly will never be a solution to extreme poverty.  In fact, if such insanity and the likes to occur on our future timeline, only stricken griefs and poverty can be seen even more at large, around the world.  So don’t even bet on such insanity, OK?

My point is that, although living standard of today is higher, but poverty is still too real to ignore.  Perhaps, higher living standard might make life a lot harder for people who are living in extreme poverty?  You know, the saying goes that if you’re a millionaire, you might as well spend like a millionaire… I think higher living standard might put some strains on the people who are living in stricken poverty.

Another point I want to make is that as technology improves to the point that everything can be automated, machines might make humans become jobless bunches.  When there is a will there is a strength to deploy machines to do human works.  After all, efficiencies must be met and cost saving strategies must be carried out in order for any business to make bigger profits, right?  As the rate of growth of world population explodes, I think the advancing of technological automatons might become the double edge sword — it cuts to kill and it also slices to feed.

Please enjoy the “Poor Us:  an animated history – Why Poverty?” video right after the break.