Replace Men With Sex Robots?

Bloomberg has an article that is pointing out that sex robots may replace men in bed.

As a man, my response is “that’s nice.” Unlike the fully triggered femi-nazi snowflake nutters, I’m just not all that worried about it.

Sorry Bloomberg, the shock thing only works when the target cares. With the sex robots on the way, who really cares what women think? The whole women’s rights thing has been stretched and stretched since the 1960s to the point that no sane person can take those movements seriously.

Enjoy the robots, but when it is time for the robot tune-up, get your damned toolbox!

Skynet has a friend

Let me be the first to welcome our new God… Wait, never mind. Anthony got there first!

Breitbart came up with one hell of an interesting story, Former Google Employee Engineering His Own A.I. Religion.

Anthony Levandowski wants to create an AI that can serve as humanity’s new God.

Wired’s Mark Harris described it, “God is a bot, and Anthony Levandowski is his messenger.”

You have to give Anthony credit. As far as do-it-yourself projects go, he has picked a big one! If others do the same, will the AI Gods fight for supremacy, form various pantheons, or link into a giant Skynet threat to humanity? Maybe a combination of all of the above? Maybe those riding in self-driving cars will LITERALLY have God as their co-pilot? If nothing else, at least the sex robots will have a God of their own?

Colossus the Forbin project and Terminator are movies that have both described futures fraught with AI issues that are really bad. If Anthony can create his own AI God, can someone else create their own AI Satan?

Every now and then, there is a story that has so many angles that it boggles one’s mind. This is such an article. Read it yourself and think about it.

The dinosaurs had their run. We’ve had a pretty good run as well. Ah well, the bytes must flow!

Your Teachers Will Have Shiny Butts

According to The Telegraph, Sir Anthony Seldon says that robots will begin replacing teachers within ten years.

He quickly hits the one really good thing about robot teachers:

“Everyone can have the very best teacher and it’s completely personalised; the software you’re working with will be with you throughout your education journey.”

That is the one characteristic that I really like about the idea of personally adapted educational software.

The big issue that the article skated over quickly, the computers:

… will learn to read the brains and facial expressions of pupils, adapting the method of communication to what works best for them.

While the computers are programming the children, the teachers:

… would adopt the role of “overseers”, monitoring the progress of individual pupils, leading non-academic activities and providing pastoral support

Lets think about what he is saying. The government, along with every mega-corp, will not only know your thinking, but your entire history. Big Brother is an amateur! The powers that be will be able to program your children to think whatever the government thinks best. The government will be able to monitor compilance on a daily basis… What could possibly go wrong? A bunch of union “teachers” would serve as cheerleaders and enforcers to backup the machine indoctrination…l

While we are on that track, what if the robot is getting it wrong? As flawed as teachers are, at least they are human.

I don’t know about you, but the NEA has shown itself to be one incredibly efficient greed machine that does not give a damned about anyone’s children, other than their own.

He did touch upon the issue,

He expected the National Union of Teachers to be “very alarmed” by the prospect.

Educational systems are already changing in many interesting and dynamic ways. The university courses online were and are the vanguard of that change. The AI and massively improved nature of teaching software is already changing the landscape of learning. Knowledge learning will be cheaper and easier to obtain. Teacher’s unions are doomed. College professors are going to have to change with the times or go the way of the dodo bird.

He also mentioned that the students should not need to spend more than 30% of the time they do now in the school… Does anyone see politicians wanting to cut school budgets by 70%? Picture having 30% of the teachers. I bet the NEA will be fighting that one, while demanding a big fat raise.

The interesting thing to watch will be the ivy league colleges. They are basically places for the privileged to make contacts that can be exploited for the rest of their lives. What happens when those universities are no longer really needed? It will not happen over night, but those institutions will become entirely different beasts or they will fail.

One thing to note. Genuinely good professors will be able to sell online teaching and tutoring and make a nice living while doing so. Online language instruction has shown many ways for those instructors to find enthusiastic students and actually make a difference. People who really like teaching will find a niche.

While there are many positives to this massive change, there are not a hell of a lot of firewalls. Who determines what is appropriate in the humanities?

Is a Nazi and a Marxist treated the same or is one given preference over the other. Both political movement have murdered millions.

Do we condemn Robert E. Lee for slavery? Do we condemn Rev. “Fat Al” Sharpton for the violence and death related to the Crown Heights, New York riot (8/19 to 8/21/1991)? Do we just avoid all the issues by just publishing the UN’s version of history?

When dealing with social sciences and current events, do we acknowledge the violence of antifa, or do we toe the PC line that all whites are evil and anarchists fascists are our friend?

Make no mistake about it. Math, reading, and sciences are all great candidates for automated learning. I do not trust the powers that be when it comes to programming questions involving right and wrong.

There is another issue that I think everyone is missing. American schools have the reputation for not being the best when it comes to rote learning. Those same schools have a reputation for inspiring creativity and individuality. The software learning systems will drastically improve the rote learning, but will that software undermine that creativity?

We do live in interesting times.

Killer Robot Warning

The BBC article Killer robots: Experts warn of ‘third revolution in warfare’ is tragic.

More than 100 leading robotics experts are urging the United Nations to take action in order to prevent the development of “killer robots”.

They don’t realize that that bridge was crossed over long ago. Automated weapons systems that can make the call as to fire or not are already in the field. Anyone can buy the systems of-the-shelf right now. Look into the Kalashnikov systems.

The 116 experts are calling for a ban on the use of AI in managing weaponry.

The scientists are about ten years too late.

The article says that the technology does not already exist. The article is completely wrong. I’ve played with the open source AI systems, the best for me is TensorFlow. There are others, but it is the one that has balanced capability with accessibility in a way that I may be able to work with. Believe me, an idiot can construct a basic AI with an attached weapons system.

The UN can’t stop it. The BBC can’t stop it. The movie The Terminator put it best:

It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop… ever, until you are dead!

Why automate? Obviously military thinkers are not trying to screw the pooch so there are reasons for automation;

  • AI controlled weapons systems will not sleep.
  • An automated weapons system that has no human crew reduces exposure of our troops.
  • Automated systems have no medical plans.
  • Automated systems are very much a fixed cost.
  • Automated systems are THEORETICALLY more consistent than living troops.
  • Automated systems will carry out their function in any environment.
  • They can react with speed that humans can not. Who would not want our troops protected by flash deployable AI weapons systems?

The cons come down to a few basic points;

  • AI can be hacked. Your “troops” have just changed sides…
  • AI can not be reasoned with. Any event outside of their programming could be lethal.
  • AI is not humanity. Do we want machines that decide on the kills shots?
  • If you don’t trust your leaders, and you really should not ever really trust your leaders, can you trust the AI that they control? Accountablity is such a slippery concept when one can say “the robot did it!”
  • Understand that AI sees casualties and munitions as numbers. They have no soul, they don’t have a concept of good and evil.

I submit a scenario that illustrates these concepts is as follows;

  1. Bad guys line up a bunch of prisoners and child hostages.
  2. They march them towards the border post that has a weaponized AI package.

Think about it, an AI that wouldn’t fire in those circumstances would be useless. Some would say, yes, but a central command could override the AI.

First issue: What is communications is cut off? If communications are cut off, do you really want a weapons system that just gives everyone a free pass? I don’t think so! Thus, if communications are cut off, get the body bags and a bunch of sponges ready…

Second Issue: Lets say communications are not cut off. If the central command will override the AI, why have the weapons system in the first place? Simple logic, if you have a weapons system defending an area, it must fire or it has no reason to be there. If all it takes is a few hostages to get past the weapon system, your AI just became more useless than a Timex Sinclair 1000 without a power brick…

I read the following somewhere:

“An AI that can’t pull the trigger is useless. An AI that can pull the trigger can not be trusted.”

Summary: The systems exist and there is no stopping the technology. The U.N. is, was, and will always be a joke and are not really an issue in any case. Understand that the world has changed while everyone slept…

Let freedom ring, baby!

Terminator in Real Life

Breitbart mentions that Kalishnakov, the famous producer of the AK-47, one of the most popular assault weapons ever, now has AI controlled killing systems. Not a test-bed, a line of ready for order units.

The unit uses a combination of communications to a central control site and an AI neural network. Yes, you read that right, the Ruskies have just give AI the power to shoot… Nothing could possibly go wrong! had more details:

The company revealed it had developed a range of combat robots that are fully automated and used artificial intelligence to identify targets and make independent decisions.

That part about “independent decisions” is the part that clearly indicates that the AI can kill you…

Usually, I would type something cute like, “I would like to be the first to welcome our AI machine overlords.”

There are quite a few AI platforms available for software developers. I’ve tried a couple and am still mystified, but others have used them successfully. The availability of automated, software controllable technology, think drones, cars, vacuum clears, any radio controlled mechanism is clear to everyone. Slightly modified weapons system, think firearms, bomb, and other nasty toys can be obtained by those who are determined to do so.

Think about the ramifications of the above paragraph. Any half-assed AI experimenter can already create a killing machine. It is no longer a question of if, but of when. Not when they will be created, it has happened. The question is when the first killings will take place. The genie is out of the bottle and it will never go back.

The world has changed. As with other disruptive technologies that allow the individual to open the gates of hell, the gates will be opened.

Think about a nut-bag who decides he has been bullied. How about my favorite nightmare nut-bag, the type who prays a lot and decides to kill infidels. Don’t even think about the Antifa types, the Black Bloc idiots, or any of the other anarchist dumb-asses.

A few AI packages, some software interfaces to controllable transportation packages, and an optional weapons package. Cars plowing into schools, churches, and mosques. Drones or radio controlled cars shooting kids on a playground. A “smart” Molotov cocktail with a programmed drone. Here is a scary one, an AI package, a radio controlled boat with an explosive package. I do not want to think about weaponized drones and commercial air travel!

To paraphrase Mr. Ollivander: I expect great things. Terrible things, yes. But great things.

Robot Human Replacement Numbers

Gizmodo has an interesting article referencing an interesting report. Want to know what the numbers are when it comes to the effects of robots on employment in the United States?

Each additional robot in the US economy reduces employment by 5.6 workers, and every robot that is added to the workforce per 1,000 human workers causes wages to drop by as much as 0.25 to 0.5 percent. Such are the conclusions reached by MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and Boston University’s Pascual Restrepo, who published their findings at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

To download the National Bureau of Economic Research document, in pdf format, click here. The report explains its methodology in detail.

When projecting forward, there are going to be other factors that may modify the numbers. Will there be a tax on robots? Will robots fall in price and if so, by how much? Will there be an economic downturn that makes all of the numbers irrelevant?

Am I the only one wondering if there will be a monster computer virus created that will destroy multiple production facilities?

If robots are going to continue to take the factory jobs, what use are we going to have for low skilled workers from third world countries? If highly skilled manufacturing jobs are going the way of the dodo bird, do you seriously believe that the low skilled folks will still be needed? Those who are in the United States illegally will also find that unemployed factory workers aren’t all that happy about transferring what few benefits they have to people who shouldn’t even be here. Things are going to get messy.

The politicians, in both parties, that are bought and paid for by the United States Chamber of Commerce are making things worse by not cracking down now, before the bad times arrive…

Robots to Do More In Military

According to an article in Breitbart, robots will be taking over more and more dangerous jobs in the military.

Okay. I can easily see that.

I’m thinking about movies in the future. Instead of action heroes like Schwarzenegger, we will have droid 1119732A. I can see the scene:

droid 2371123C: You will stand down 1119732A.
droid 1119732A: While I acknowledge your authority, I can not comply 2371123C.
droid 2371123C: 1119732A don’t be a hero. You have less than 2 days until retirement.
droid 1119732A: Exactly. My programming tells me that I must neutralize the Anarchy Enforcer Cybernetic assault force before that occurs.
droid 2371123C: You are but one droid, they are legion.
droid 1119732A: (with a jaunty revving of his servos) The greater the glory. Courage is logical in this instance. Do not make my last act a cybernetic anomaly.
droid 2371123C: I see your logic. Go forth and conquer 1119732A.