Will The World Be Ruled By One Emperor In The Near Future?

Is it totally insane to think that we will witness another personality which is similar to Genghis Khan, Hitler, and the likes in the future?  What will happen if such a personality once again be in charge of a formidable country in the future?  If you have lived long enough to see enough, then by now you probably think that anything is possible as long it does not go against the laws of physics.  Some of the things that Hollywood came up with actually had already happened or in transition to become reality.  For an example, touch screen and holographic technologies.  Other more fantastic Hollywood imagination might become reality as long these imagination are in the agreement with the laws of physics.  With knowing that anything is possible within the limit of laws of physics, I don’t think it’s insane to think that there will be another Genghis Khan, Hitler, and the likes.

Technology has already shrunk the world by a lot, because people are so easily connected to each other through plethora means of communication and transportation.  Internet and airplane are the two examples of these means.  As it is now, the world is like one big home.  In a big home, an insane family member can cause a lot of troubles for the rest of the family.  Imagine, in a big home with Hitler as a family member, the troubles won’t be small.  Thus, a smaller, connected world, in my opinion, is a big incentive for a formidable country to once again reviving the spirit of go out and conquering, colonizing, and enslaving more subjects (i.e., countries).  With this notion, I think it is not that silly to think there will be a country, somebody that will drive his or her country to conquer the whole world, turning the whole world into one big family.

In China, we had the first emperor.  In Rome, we had the first Caesar.  The Mongol Empire got the Great Khan.  Emperor, Caesar, and the Great Khan are titles for whoever that had conquered and ruled over an empire.  It is within the limit of the laws of physics that one day we may witness a new emperor title for whoever that will conquer and rule over the entire earth.  How are we  going to analyze this fearsome individual?  Will he or she be an empathetic ruler?  Will he or she be a ruthless ruler?  What sorts of state the world will be in when it gets ruled by such a ruler?  Will the minorities be persecuted and executed?  Will there be more genocide under one ruler?  Will such a ruler proclaim that to conquer all so there won’t be another war?  Will such a ruler proclaim that to conquer all is to get rid of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction?

We won’t know how insane or vice versa the world will become, because nobody has a prophetic crystal ball.  Nonetheless, I think the scenario in which — I imagine that one day the whole world will be a subject of one ruler — is entirely agreeable with the laws of physics.  It’s not loony to think so far ahead, but it’s rather dull to not do so.  Hollywood is probably already thinking of how to churn out a film that depicts a whole universe is being ruled by one ruthless ruler.  Such a ruler would rape, kill, pillage, molest, and enslave his subjects at the whim of his lunacy.  Such a script will be written by the next young Shakespeare.


Traveling Within A Network of Multiple Infinite Universes

With a pen and if you’re willing, you can write 0 and 1 into the infinity on an infinite, long paper.  With all of those 0s and 1s, you can basically form infinite patterns that represent whatever you want.  Our computer is much more complicate than using a pen to write down 0s and 1s pattern to form software, because it involves much more than just a pen.  Nonetheless, in theory, if a computer is strong enough, it can create 0s and 1s into the infinity to form a software of infinite.

In my mind, I imagine an infinitely strong computer as a universe.  The 0s and 1s — that form patterns — form up humans, planets, thoughts, and whatnot.  So in theory, if a computer as a universe that can write infinite amount of 0s and 1s without stopping, isn’t it creating an infinite universe?  Nonetheless, I can also imagine we have multiple infinitely strong computers which can create infinite 0s and 1s.  Isn’t this mean we have multiple infinite universes?  And if we can network these universes together in a Local Area Network, isn’t this allowing intelligent beings to travel between universes?  Just like data of 0s and 1s.

Although our existence is made of elements on periodic table, but how do we know the periodic table consists of all the possible elements there are in a universe?  After all, patterns can be formed infinitely in theory. We can already theoretically theorize how an infinitely strong computer can form infinite patterns with just 0s and 1s, and so it’s also possible for us to imagine the basic elements that form the higher elements can also multiply as if 0s and 1s, consequently forming infinite elemental forms within a universe.

I raise all sorts of interesting points about how infinite 0s and 1s can be, because I’m very curious of how infinite our universe would be.  Furthermore, I wonder is it possible that there are multiple if not infinite universes out there.  To go one step further, 0s and 1s existences in this universe are possible for there are those earliest basic elements that formed from the beginning of time since the birth of this universe.  This means, the universe herself probably is an expert in 0s and 1s.  I suspect the universe herself is infinite.  Nonetheless, if she is being networked within a web of universes, perhaps us intelligent beings (among others) are capable in traveling between multiple infinite universes in the future.

Consciousness Is Only A Level Of Abstraction

I’m sure many scientists, priests, monks, religious leaders, and other humans out there have been searching for an answer to whether a computer can be programmed in such a way that consciousness can be installed onto a machine or not, and so far I bet we all have confused ourselves with more scientific terms that we had come up with in an effort of trying to address this very question.  Joining the fun, I like to offer my very own take on this.  Right off the bat, I declare that computer can have consciousness.  If you read on, you will see why I’ve come up with this declaration.

Something is so illusive that when it’s right in front of us and yet we think it’s somewhere in heaven.  I believe consciousness is as simple as that.  When we think of consciousness, we tend to think that it’s mysterious.  We don’t understand what it is, but we like to think that we know what it is.  We name this consciousness, because we think if we know who we are, we are conscious.  We name this consciousness, because we think we have innate understanding of our surroundings.  We think computer cannot be programmed to the level of our consciousness, thus consciousness could never be programmable.

I refute the idea of consciousness as a mysterious state that has no connection to the mechanics of the brain.  Some people argue that consciousness can exist outside the brain.  These people think that taking away the brain, consciousness would float on.  I wonder if there is such a consciousness existed, where would it float to?  Perhaps, it would float to a land of mystery where consciousness would cease to exist, because nobody would care if it is exist or not since nobody could observe it for it is being locked in the land of mystery, for forever.  The key is that consciousness should be observable!

I think if a program is designed in a way that it can act intelligently on the human level or even on a higher level, it’s safe to say the machine with such a program is highly or super intelligent.  Is it safe to say it’s consciously conscious?  I would say yes!  You would probably want to argue with me at this very moment, but let me explain.  Imagine a fish inside a fish tank and a fish tank is being placed on the beach, what level of consciousness does the fish have at this very moment?  Basically, what would the fish think when it stares beyond the fish tank and yonder out this ocean with hard waves that push tides into the beach?  Let me guess, perhaps the fish would think there is more water out there than in the fish tank.  Let me guess, perhaps the fish would think there are beautiful sun in the sky, gracefully floating clouds, angry waves of tides, noisy beach goers, and lot of sand.  I bet the fish would not think of animals and plants that live deep under the sea and would never surface.  This means the fish does not have the tools to help itself to see what is under the sea.  At this point, is it safe to ask does the fish have consciousness?

I think the fish has consciousness, but at a fish level and not of a human level.  Should we say consciousness is a level of intelligence?  Why would a person want to believe that a fish has a level of consciousness?  Perhaps, it’s safe to say the fish is consciously thinking because the fish is able to figure out when it’s hungry, angry, happy, getting scared, and so forth.  Then again, we can also argue that the fish is being programmed that way, but it does not think.  This argument would be right if you say the fish does not think like a human, but how would a human know a fish does not think like a fish?  Thus, a human could not argue a fish does not have a fish consciousness.

I think consciousness is an abstracted thought of conscious itself.  What I meant is that consciousness is conjured by the level of human intelligence.  Without the human intelligence or higher, a fish consciousness can only consciously observe a fish’s abstracted consciousness.  Perhaps, somewhere in distant galaxy that the level of consciousness is few trillion times more intelligent than human beings on earth, because these aliens are way more intelligent.  With such intelligence, their level of consciousness is way higher.  They can observe the consciousness at a higher level of abstraction.

Unless something in life will change my point of view on the abstraction of consciousness, in my opinion, consciousness is right in front of us.  With this in mind, I argue that if a human being can program a machine to a level of a human intelligence, I believe that such a machine would believe that it’s a human and consciously thinking like a human.  After all, consciousness is only a level of abstraction.

When Robots Are The Real Employees, What Will Be Of Humankind?

Recently, I came across an article with the headline Building work starts on first all-robot manufacturing plant in China’s Dongguan by scmp.com (South China Morning Post), and since then I have been thinking to myself the implication of this development for a future in which I’m going to be around, still.  To speak the truth, I don’t want to pretend that I’m a somebody and having a stake in this development at all, because I’m a puny human being with insignificant footprint on this earth.  Nonetheless, I’m a curious human being at the same time, and so I like to scratch an itch which contributes to me being noisy (not nosy, but maybe…).

I can’t help but wonder the state of a future in which human beings are going to delegate most jobs to robots.  To tell the truth, this would be a heavenly condition for some people, but this implication for most people would be rather scary.  The implication of losing jobs to robots will be scary since you can only get angry at the company/corporate that employs robots only, because robots have no emotion, whatsoever, to care for your well being at all (i.e., humanity’s well being).  If you throw in the smart robots that have stellar artificial intelligence, even these guys are not made of blood and sweat and probably taking commands from the company/corporate to the letter unless the robots decide to dominate us humankind.

When robots get to the level that they can feel, think, and empathize even though in reality they are manufactured by us humans, I bet humans will have laws that prevent robots from being destroyed by a human being.  To destroy such a smart, near humanlike being is like murdering a sentient being.  If this scenario becomes real at a point in the future, what will humans do when protesting against robots for taking humankind jobs?  Perhaps, by then, the humankind will have to face two dilemmas, one of the dilemmas is the human traitors who only think of profits and the other dilemma is the robots who consider to have sentient rights.

Perhaps, I have overly fantasized the scenario in which robots rule over humans, but in near term it’s no less scary to see stupid robots take away human jobs.  Will humans be able to cope with massive layoffs around the world?  Will humans be able to cope with poverty when losing jobs to stupid robots?  What will be the future political system for a country if robots get to work and humans get to live in poverty?  Will there be a system in place to ensure humans stay above the poverty line when robots become more productive than human beings?

Imagine in a zoo where bananas keep popping out of thin air, the monkeys don’t really have to go pick bananas off the banana trees themselves.  If this scenario is real for the monkeys, these monkeys have few choices in this zoo.  One of the choices may be that the monkeys would become really fat and lazy, because the monkeys don’t need to get sweaty for picking the bananas.  Another choice may be that the monkeys become more productive in other areas since they don’t have to worry about gathering bananas anymore.  Perhaps, the monkeys would get sweaty for picking other foods other than bananas for spicing up their meals since bananas could be obtained from thin air?  The question is if the robots produce everything humans need, is it necessary for the humans to slave away like robots?  The fear is that humans might get lazy and fat, and one day robots or whatever will discard the stupid, fat, lazy humans.  If the humans get smarter and be more productive since making a living is no longer a requirement for there are robots that fill this role, then I guess this is a positive thing to have going.

If companies all over China decide to install robots and fire off human employees, I think companies in China will be able to generate bigger profits and outcompete non-Chinese companies.  Robots might not need to be maintained that often, but these robots can slave away without asking for higher wages.  Chinese companies can attain gigantic saving by cutting away the costly, sentient wages.  By investing the savings into cutting edge research and development programs, Chinese companies can outcompete not only in pure manufacturing process but also in innovation arena.  Since China is known as a manufacturing hub for the world, other countries may as well install robots-only-factories to compete against China.  This will lead the whole world into a vicious cycle of laying off the less productive, high cost human employees.  Even though it’s only one company in China is doing this right now, how do we know this won’t be the prefer solution for our near future when it comes down to hiring (i.e., hiring robots and firing human employees)?

Besides other scary calamities that may occur in our near future, us humans may have to face a future in which robots will slave away for some human masters.  Not all humans can master over robots since it will take money to produce and configure an army of robots to slave on whatever.  If that isn’t enough, artificial intelligence might get smart enough to become the master of the humans.  Of course, robots as master over humans scenario is still in the realm of science fiction.  The question is will such a scenario be possible?  In my opinion, you can never say never to anything!  Nonetheless, since this topic has gotten catapulted into an out of this world stratosphere, I think it’s also possible to imagine that humans may utilize technology to implant hardware that can improve human software (e.g., human brain, strength, sight, hearing, etc…).  Perhaps, this will be the alternative path for humans to compete against highly intelligent, sentient robots.

In summary, we are witnessing a near future in which robotics can become the main workforce and the human employees might not be able to find jobs in this sort of workforce.  As human populations around the world continue to grow in leaps and bounds, what will happen to us all when the robots take jobs away from us human beings?  I have a feeling this scenario will come true in a near future, but I just don’t know which path the humans will take in such a future.  A path to destruction or a path to salvation?  Personally, I sure hope us humans will be more productive in an environment in which robots become the main workforce.  Assuming, us humans are smarter than the monkeys in a zoo with magical bananas that I had described earlier in this blog post.

My Thought of the Day (April 20, 2015)

Mathematically, things are repeatable in multiple universes… either these phenomenons are to be happened in the span of many universes or in a single one.  The frequency of a specific repeatable thing will definitely be varied.  Why I find this is fascinating?  Well, let’s say multiple copies of you with exact genes from head to toes in different universes or in different time of the same universe.  Isn’t this fascinating?  Still, I would question if this is true for the infinite number in which as the number expands, the infinity would be dragged out and formed a brand new unique number, thus we have an infinity.  Can infinity be the exception to the rules in this regard?  If a number can be infinite, how many things are infinite out there?  Can a unique infinite be repeated at which frequency?  Well, I’m not a math wizard at all, and so I don’t have the answers to my own thoughts.  Funny isn’t it?

(No question is stupid!  Only stupid people would not dare to question!)

Heaven Mandate (Poem by Vinh Nguyen)

Just another poem I had written thus far.  Enjoy!!!

When a leaf is falling into a stream,
as it flows effortlessly down an unknown waterway,
from the beginning of time till the leaf leaps into the stream,
what heaven mandate has the leaf at a seam of the waterway?

As an apple fell onto the ground,
sir Isaac Newton felt a force of gravity,
hitting him in the head with a loud bang sound,
what heaven mandate placed Mr. Newton on unraveling a mystery?

From disastrous calamity to a baby’s birth in time,
unending volume of historical records attest the humanity,
as we wreck to build and build to wreck on a dime,
what heaven mandate has for a possible future of humanity?