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The more I read of this series, the more I think about how The Matrix and its sequels seem to have been ahead of their time in terms of predicting what the future will hold.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on August 26, 2017 at 10:18 AM | link to this | reply

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I love it, we always disagree.

posted by Kabu on August 25, 2017 at 10:54 AM | link to this | reply

I was trying to keep it simple, but the programming is still a series of compounded if/then, else, and/or, etc statements.  Of course, these formulas can be used for something purposeful, or to create havoc and harm.... but the machines aren't thinking.  They can only proceed based on however the programmer has decided they should act.  And their "thinking" is limited to how much has been programmed.   It would take a lifetime to program a human brain's worth of "improvision" parameters.  And throw one wrench into the mix, and the entire formula will short circuit.   


posted by -blackcat on August 24, 2017 at 8:57 PM | link to this | reply


An interesting post, as usual. I can certainly understand Elon Musk's warning about 'Killer Robots,' and can envision several scenarios where a version of them could come into play, especially in term of medical applications. As for Freud, I ain't goin' there either... LOL! 

posted by RPresta on August 24, 2017 at 6:44 PM | link to this | reply


Well, Kabu, we knew (having learned it) that round things roll...And we passed this knowledge on because we (slowly) developed a language and a 'culture'...Anything we know rests on something else, and anything new we do does as well, even if we no longer know the 'origin'. Nothing is created ex nihilo... 

posted by Nautikos on August 24, 2017 at 5:34 PM | link to this | reply

In this day and age, not only do we have to be concerned about "...what evil lurks in the hearts of men" (The Shadow), but be aware of AI and what evil might be brought about by man's creation of non-living, critters of their own design.

posted by TAPS. on August 24, 2017 at 3:41 PM | link to this | reply

Well, I thought I was following along on this lesson, and then

up comes eros and thenatos and my brain is going off on a whole nother track.  You do have a way of bringing in all points of view... Good job! 

posted by Pat_B on August 24, 2017 at 3:14 PM | link to this | reply

actually I wonder about one point you made. About humans can only think within the boundaries of what they know...

Then how come we invented the wheel and all else if people didn;r envision something greater than what they know.

posted by Kabu on August 24, 2017 at 12:58 PM | link to this | reply

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