Artificial Intelligence Is the Last Thing We Need

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by Fredric Brown, 1954

Dwar Ev ceremoniously soldered the final connection with gold. The eyes of a dozen television cameras watched him and the sub-ether bore through the universe a dozen pictures of what he was doing.

He straightened and nodded to Dwar Reyn, then moved to a position beside the switch that would complete the contact when he threw it. The switch that would connect, all at once, all of the monster computing machines of all the populated planets in the universe – ninety-six billion planets – into the super-circuit that would connect them all into the one super-calculator, one cybernetics machine that would combine all the knowledge of all the galaxies.

Dwar Reyn spoke briefly to the watching and listening trillions. Then, after a moment’s silence, he said, “Now, Dwar Ev.”

Dwar Ev threw the switch. There was a mighty hum, the surge of power from ninety-six billion planets. Lights flashed and quieted along the miles-long panel.

Dwar Ev stepped back and drew a deep breath. “The honor of asking the first question is yours, Dwar Reyn.”

“Thank you,” said Dwar Reyn. “It shall be a question that no single cybernetics machine has been able to answer.”

He turned to face the machine. “Is there a God?”

The mighty voice answered without hesitation, without the clicking of single relay.

“Yes, now there is a God.”

Sudden fear flashed on the face of Dwar Ev. He leaped to grab the switch.

A bolt of lightning from the cloudless sky struck him down and fused the switch shut.


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  • Posted by jack1776 4 months, 4 weeks ago
    The Great Reset is being designed to manage us with AI. If you study this a little, you’ll read about replacing people with automating. For example, all of those call center jobs outsourced to India will be replaced by an AI back voice response system. A few of the larger Work corporations are doing this now. They want a digital currency so they can train AI on our purchasing habits. Social credit will be issued by AI that is tied to your purchases, social media, and how much you drive, how much you weigh, etc. This is just specific AI, General AI is still not a reality but when it is, it will outclass us in every way possible. I don’t remember who said this, but it went something like “We are simply the bootstrap for General AI”.
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    • Posted by 4 months, 3 weeks ago
      Elon Musk realizes this and his far-fetched but plausible attempt to address it is Neuralink...or maybe Neuralink is just another seductive piece of the subjugation of humanity.
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      • Posted by jack1776 4 months, 3 weeks ago
        Honestly, I could use a third arm more than Neuralink. LOL

        It will never be a "cellphone" attached to your brain. You would have to learn to interface with the wires stuck in your head. It would never be a 4k signal but more like morse code.
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  • Posted by $ allosaur 4 months, 4 weeks ago
    +1 like the story. No one could have told that here without getting -1 hits when me dino arrived 8 years and 2 months ago. OMG! even got jumped on.
    It's part of the reason dictionary definition mystic me chose my moniker to be allosaur, short for Allosaurus, Latin for "different lizard."
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