Nov 12

Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us

US defense expert Jay Tuck was news director of the daily news program ARD-Tagesthemen and combat correspondent for GermanTelevision in two Gulf Wars. He has produced over 500 segments for the network. His investigative reports on security policy, espionage activities and weapons technology appear in leading newspapers, television networks and magazines throughout Europe, including Cicero, Focus, PC-Welt, Playboy, Stern, Welt am Sonntag and ZEITmagazin.

He is author of a widely acclaimed book on electronic intelligence activities, “High-Tech Espionage” (St. Martin’s Press), published in fourteen countries. He is Executive Producer for a weekly technology magazine on international television in the Arab world. For his latest book “Evolution without us – Will AI kill us?” he researched at US drone bases, the Pentagon, intelligence agencies and AI research institutions. His lively talks are accompanied by exclusive video and photographs.

6 Responses to “Artificial Intelligence: it will kill us”

  1. theresa m

    The scariest part of all this is we are just on the sidelines of whatever IA decides to do when it takes over. We will not be able to hide and I think this is a long way off but we watched the movie Terminator and thought that was just entertainment. We need to pay attention to what we are being shown (Predator). Right now our apps like FB and Instagram, etc., are collecting data from the users when we are asked for answers to what we think are silly questions. AI is learning all the time and we are feeding it without knowing we are feeding that beast. Like this speaker says, it is not all fluffy and friendly. It is dangerous as all get out. AI has no humanity and that will be the end of us.

    • Chris L

      On a more hopeful note, he also goes into how AI can potentially be used safely and for the benefit of humanity, so it’s not all doom and gloom.

      I trust an AI to weigh and measure the amount of water needed to do my laundry in my washing machine.

      I DO NOT trust AI at all to police and regulate any aspect of human society.

  2. Melissa K

    As if I am not paranoid enough already! My husband loves technology and we have all kinds of gizmos where I already feel like I am being listened to and watched.
    I would throw it all away but, he loves this stuff.

    • Chris L

      I would try to replace that paranoia with awareness of the actual reality of the situation.

      Most gadgets if they incorporate AI do so very simply with a singular function like the washing machine I mentioned that weighs the laundry to figure how much water it needs to heat and use. Very handy. Saves me a lot of money on my bills in the long run.

      Where the danger arises is in internet connected devices like smartphones and computers that are conduits for humans sharing and seeking information. In that case, the device itself doesn’t incorporate AI, but is connected through the internet to much more sophisticated AI systems that process, store, collate and distribute information for various purposes, many of which may seem and are marketed as benign.

      However, that information is easily weaponised by various nefarious parties who see knowledge as power with no responsibility and just happen to have vested interests in this technology.

      The long term agenda for these parties is to use AI to manipulate the human race into a condition of mass subservience.

      In order to mitigate this, I recommend everyone explore the settings of their Internet connected devices. Many of these features that transfer your data to outside parties can be disabled or opted out of.

      Microsoft products are notorious for having these features turned on by default. When I first got a windows 10 device it took me a few days and some third party software (spybot anti-beacon if you’re interested) to find and disable all the settings that were forwarding all my data to Bill Gates. Once I’d disabled them all, the performance of the computer improved drastically, demonstrating just how much CPU power and Internet bandwidth your PC gives over to spying on you!

  3. Chris L

    Another immediate danger I see in the near future (at least where I am in the UK) is from ‘smart’ meters for utilities.

    I don’t know how far this has gone elsewhere, but here in the UK we are constantly being harassed by our utility providers to opt in to have ‘smart meters’ installed in our homes. They market this as a very convenient thing that will save us money, but be under no illusions that it is much more about your utility provider (or the government) being able to cut off or ration your supply remotely for whatever reasons they see fit.

    I strongly advise everyone to hold out with their old meters for as long as possible. Soon they will try to legally mandate their installation in every home, but in reality, they need your consent to get away with it.

    The implications of having one in your home might not be clear at this time, but down the line you may well find an AI deciding that you and your family have had enough gas one freezing December and cutting off your supply with no recourse. Already in Sweden, the government controls how high people can have their central heating, and nothing would surprise me in future with the level of control freakery being exhibited by the powers that be.

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