Well, the spokescientists are trying to put the freeze on innovation again:
- Reining in the growing power of artificial intelligence could be a matter of human survival. That sounds like over-the-top science fiction, but a growing number of ordinary computer scientists agree that AI is now unstoppable.
- This week, a study from the market intelligence group Tractica said artificial intelligence is already swarming into the world of business and spending will be worth more than $40 billion in the coming decade. That may be an underestimate.
- Some of the world’s cleverest people, including Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk and physicist Stephen Hawking, have warned us that artificial intelligence could wipe humanity as we know it off the face of the Earth. The question is: “What are we going to do about it?”
You don’t have to go much further on to realize how much hatred spokescientists and “science” “journalists” have for the scientific method.
In Paragraph One, the true-believing rational science mind of Don Pitts cleanly eviscerates any allegiance to the scientific method and deliberative logic by appealing to one of the more pernicious lies of the 21st century, that of “scientific consensus.”
In Paragraph Two, the author appeals to a “study.” Studies have shown that studies are lying. Furthermore, an estimate on spending is in no way, shape or form, anything remotely akin to a scientific study (such as measuring the minimal brain weight necessary to graduate from “science” “journalism” school would be. Studies show that it is zero.)
In Paragraph Three, Pitts solicits quotes from scientist-proxies: “some of the world’s cleverest people.” Because, you know, in a rationalist world, when robotic Armageddon is on the line, it is best to consult people who may have no background in robotics, but are ready with a pithy quote.
And those, my friends, are merely three elements in the arsenal of the science hack, whose main job appears to be to provide readers with entertaining spook stories designed to keep us from ever setting foot on the moon again.
The laughers get worse as you go forward: he quotes the programmer of the world’s best checkers game about the future:
He says the ultimate goal is what some in the AI community call “superintelligence.”
Yes. You read that right. Checkers. That game that is played on a 64-square grid using pieces that have completely uniform movement rules, and only operate on diagonals. Perhaps in 2088, “superintelligence” will result in a self-playing game of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
The fact is, “superintelligence” has been under scrutiny in the AI community as far back (and probably farther, for all I know) as the 1970s, when scholars first began to question the concept that the human brain is merely a extremely complex multi-noded network.
The modern spirit of science journalism is a bizarre latter-day combination of forced sense of wonder predicated on idiocy that has been blended with outright clinical depression.
Maybe that’s why dystopia is so popular right now: eventually, we’ll all be dead and won’t have to suffer the misappropriated insults of the world’s cleverest people.