I for one welcome our AI overlords

not really

The Plan

  • What is artificial intelligence?
  • What was AI?
  • AI today
  • AI is a philosophy
  • The role of games
  • Chess
  • The imitation game
  • Jeopardy
  • Block worlds
  • "Good ol' fashioned AI"
  • Machines that learn
  • Artificial Neural Networks
  • The game of go
  • The black box
  • Panic Stations
  • Existential threat
  • AI overlords
  • The end of work
  • Ethical concerns
  • Bias
  • Interpretability
  • Brittleness
  • AI and humanities
  • Computing culture?
  • Healthy skepticism
  • Unhealthy skepticism

What was AI?

AI today

AI is a philosophy

> Are you human?

> Yes

> Was that a lie?

> No...

The chess machine is an ideal one to start with, since: (1) the problem is sharply defined both in allowed operations (the moves) and in the ultimate goal (checkmate); (2) it is neither so simple as to be trivial nor too difficult for satisfactory solution; (3) chess is generally considered to require "thinking" for skilful play; a solution of this problem will force us either to admit the possibility of a mechanized thinking or to further restrict our concept of "thinking"; (4) the discrete structure of chess fits well into the digital nature of modern computers.

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“Good ol’ fashioned AI”



Panic Stations!

There is, in some quarters, concern about high–level machine intelligence and superintelligent AI coming up in a few decades, bringing with it significant risks for humanity. In other quarters, these issues are ignored or considered science fiction. We wanted to clarify what the distribution of opinions actually is, what probability the best experts currently assign to high–level machine intelligence coming up within a particular time–frame, which risks they see with that development, and how fast they see these developing. We thus designed a brief questionnaire and distributed it to four groups of experts in 2012/2013. The median estimate of respondents was for a one in two chance that high-level machine intelligence will be developed around 2040-2050, rising to a nine in ten chance by 2075. Experts expect that systems will move on to superintelligence in less than 30 years thereafter. They estimate the chance is about one in three that this development turns out to be ‘bad’ or ‘extremely bad’ for humanity.


Machines enslave humanity

The end of work

Today we are close to creating a human brain inside a computer — an entirely new species.

The Navy revealed the embryo of an electronic computer today that it expects will be able to walk, talk, see, write, reproduce itself and be conscious of its existence.

The time will come when the machines will hold the real supremacy over the world and its inhabitants

Every machine of every sort should be destroyed by the well-wisher of his species.


Trigger Warning: Nazis

AI and the