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The AI Arms Race

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The opening post reminded me of a movie I saw a few years back regarding Shaka Zulu.  Shaka Zulu developed a spear like weapon that was very efficient at reaching under an opponents shield and spearing that opponent to death.  Previously, the elders had made a great show of engaging in ritual warfare, but had stayed away from anything as barbaric as a one sided slaughter of their enemies.  So they argued against deployment of the new weapon.  Shaka's response: if we don't use it first then we risk our opponents using it against us.  He won the debate.
 
Today such logic may result in the singularity, or it may result in something far more dangerous - the annihilation of human civilization, if not the human species. We need to find a better way.  One which is clear headed about the dangers of both action and inaction.

I said in the Transhumanism & Cybernetics thread that it's already too late to find a better way. The AI Arms Race has begun and is already spiraling wildly out of control. This arms race began years ago, and Trump's antagonism towards China has done nothing but accelerate this race. 

 

It was dreadnaughts and machine guns in the 1890s and 1900s, and it was nuclear weapons and ICBMs in the 1950s and 1960s. Now it's AI and robotics.

 

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The only way out is ALL IN...on transhumanism.


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 and it was nuclear weapons and ICBMs

Really that was a space race



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 and it was nuclear weapons and ICBMs

Really that was a space race

The space race was entirely peripheral to the nuclear arms race. The only reason we went through with it was to have a leg up on each other. The reason why America landed on the moon, for example, was to prove we could do it and potentially even create anti-nuclear defenses on Luna if the need ever came to it. Hence why NASA funding declined suspiciously in correlation with declines in the nuclear arms race.


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 and it was nuclear weapons and ICBMs

Really that was a space race

The space race was entirely peripheral to the nuclear arms race. The only reason we went through with it was to have a leg up on each other. The reason why America landed on the moon, for example, was to prove we could do it and potentially even create anti-nuclear defenses on Luna if the need ever came to it. Hence why NASA funding declined suspiciously in correlation with declines in the nuclear arms race.

 

Thanks for the explanation



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The only way out is ALL IN...on transhumanism.

It seems hopeless at the moment, at least in the West. I'm sure China is going all in on transhumanism, considering they care less about human rights and ethical procedures. But in order to truly make transhumanism superior to AI in an age before strong general AI or ASI exists, you need to get bloody and learn how the human body really ticks when you add cybernetics, when you hook it up to computers, when you replace limbs, when you pass electricity through the brain while a patient is still awake.

We Westerners are too liberal for that at the present moment.


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