What do I mean by that?
Are we going to vote ourselves (UK citizens) out of the EU? – Maybe, but this does not even come close.
Lets have some definitions.
We = The human race.
Screwed = Soon to be overtaken by the AI spike.
I’m a fan of Cory Doctorow. A while ago, he wrote this article. I happen to believe strongly that any attempt to curtail or control general purpose computing in such a way is doomed to futility. There is simply no way to ensure that the behaviour of a computing system can be circumscribed in such a way.
Thats not the problem though. I’ve just finished watching a youtube video Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?
. Near the end of his talk he says we need to work out the way to instill virtue in our AIs so that they will not act against us. As soon as he said that I panicked. That is spookily similar to wishing that a general purpose computer can’t be used to pirate content. And what if that goal is as equally doomed?