[ExI] 'Friendly' AI won't make any difference
William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 18:19:03 UTC 2016
I suppose we’ll know before 2030 how things go, but looking at just
how corrupt academia, legal systems, governments and NGO’s have become
world-wide in the last few decades I am not holding my breath.
One - I am sure it has occurred to us that what we call corruption the rest
of the world calls doing regular business. I"ll bet our multinationals are
just as corrupt as anyone's. And they have to be.
Two - are we headed for a world where every business is a franchise? Small
operators cannot sustain losses when opening a business for very long,
whereas a big corp can sustain them until the market picks up.
Three - a mom and pop hardware store I shop at pays more for a sprayer at
wholesale than Walmart sells it for at retail. Are we hearing death knells
for moms and pops?
On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 4:19 AM, BillK <pharos at gmail.com> wrote:
> Khannea Suntzu has posted an article claiming that trying to implement
> safeguards for AI won't make any difference.
> The claim is based on the fact that there are too many vested
> interests pushing in other directions.
> Looking at the world as it exists right now there is ample evidence
> that even safety mechanisms designed to protect the very most
> vulnerable completely and publicly fail.
> The problem with AI systems is that they are extremely profitable in
> the short run, and their profits tend to accrue to people who are
> already obscenely powerful and affluent. That essentially means we
> enter in a Robocop scenario where corporate control will almost
> certainly implement protections against loss of revenue.
> I conclude there are next to no reliable ways to protect against major
> calamities with AI. All existing systems are already openly conspiring
> against such a mechanism or infrastructure.
> I suppose we’ll know before 2030 how things go, but looking at just
> how corrupt academia, legal systems, governments and NGO’s have become
> world-wide in the last few decades I am not holding my breath.
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