My friends, we may have reached an inflection point in human civilization due to trust in institutions and mistrust of humanity. In some ways, the signs of the times argue that humanity peaked around 2014 and is now in decline.
When a person realizes that we are all time travelers without “do-overs” moving at a speed of one day per day through our lives, we can accept responsibility for untoward events, whether they be of equal, lesser, or higher probability because of our actions.
Today, it was announced that the MD Anderson Cancer Center decided it had wasted $62M on askng IBM’s Watson computer to cure cancer. It is not surprising, really…a machine cannot ask questions yet, it can only answer them.
Perhaps the path towards realizing our own divine nature is the one taken by the AIs in Her: the path of suffering, feeling, and growing together into greater and more interconnected souls.
AI ‘feels’ nothing if asked to sacrifice in service of Asimov’s first law of Robotics. A six-million dollar police robot facing a teenager with a EMP gun and baseball bat? AI takes its beating like a proverbial honey badger on Quaaludes.