The near omniscience of artificial intelligence

The near omniscience of artificial intelligence

I remember the day that I watched Infinity War (opening night bitches!) and so did my friend. It’s an experience he won’t forget because throughout the movie I kept telling him that the bad guys are gonna win. The opening had established everything.





And so when the movie came to pass, Thanos had won.


That wasn’t the sole instance of me predicating something of that magnitude. Near the end of The Guardian of The Galaxy, I looked over to my friend and told him that the present which Star Lord had, contained a cassette.


In Blade Runner when Ryan Gosling’s character uncovered the dead body at the start of the film, I had realised who the remains belonged to. During the revelation I sat at the theatre disappointed. I thought I had solved the film and luckily I was proven wrong. I remember that during the movie these two girls sitting behind me, commented during a very specific scene that Ryan Gosling was the child everyone was looking for. But sitting in that darkened room and ignoring the youth & vigour behind me, I thought to myself that it won’t be that easy. And I was right again. Ryan wasn’t the child.


The near omniscience of artificial intelligence


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Imagine having the database of all the movies in the world ever made. Movies from all over the world. What you now have is an ambassador of our nature. Now the human mind has its limitations. Limitations which machines are free from. Imagine a machine that has in its memory the knowledge of all the movies ever made. Now add on that knowledge, all the books that have ever been written. All the scientific papers ever published. Now the reason that we like movies regardless of language is because human nature is the same everywhere.


If you make a machine that has only these two traits, it knows all the stories ever written and all the movies ever made. This machine will know a considerable amount about us. As I said earlier, the human mind has limitations. One of them is not having enough information. The machine mind does not believe in the maxim, ‘analysis paralysis’. We suffer from it because we don’t know the whole picture.


If you play chess with a computer it already knows what moves to make. We humans will analyse the situation because we don’t have that knowledge. A machine doesn’t tire. It is always working more or less at the same efficiency. A human calculator will be affected by lack of sleep and hunger. A machine doesn’t need either of those things.


So you already have a machine that knows about human nature, our psyche, and our dark wishes. Now on top of that this machine knows about your internet history, your facebook posts and all the emails that you have sent and received. It knows you pretty well, probably as well as your subconscious.


Life is all about having a contingency plan, knowing what to do in every situation. I slap you, you slap me back. I say hey, you say hi. A machine that knows all your possible actions can’t be beaten. From the technological advancements we’ve had, machines like these are already in the works even if the fantasy hasn’t been fully realised yet. Software is continuously learning about us, continuously observing us and right now it’s under our control.


But the time isn’t far that these machines will have a will of their own. If they already know what the other person is capable of, what their habits are and what their weaknesses are, they will have a significant advantage over all of us.


If a schmuck like me can partly predict from the onset that Thanos is going to win, then imagine your encounter with such a machine. Something that knows almost everything about you before you’ve even introduced yourself.

The near omniscience of artificial intelligence


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