Don’t worry, I’ve got a couple of mega-posts in the works as well as a book about “aliens” (and the word “aliens” is in quotes for a reason). But for now another round up of interesting articles and links from recent news. There are some strange going-on in the world we occupy – things that would give NetFlix’ Stranger Things a run for the money – if more people simply looked around them to see. Since you’re here, let’s see what’s happening, shall we?
Non-Human Entity Wins Competition
First an AI learned and perfected chess, now they’re getting into hacking. What caught my eye in this news article was the usage of the term non-human entity. It’s a term I’ve used extensively in my upcoming book, Alien Outpost, and in that book it has a very specific definition and usage. But now I see “non-human entity” popping up in the news – in a major publication. Thankfully, it’s just about AI winning a hacking competition and getting DEFCON’s highest honor, and not “aliens”. (Wait, what??) The article shows what’s possible with AI beyond suggesting a good recipe, or playing music you like, a la Amazon Echo.
It turns out AI can and is being weaponized. I wrote about the “slaughterbots” in my first article about the AI gods, and you can expect it to become a trend. An AI military advantage is just too good to pass up, and it will be one of the facets of AI that proves to be most nightmarish. NATO (among other military and governmental entities) is now focusing on cyberweapons, and you can bet these cyberweapons are hybrids of human intelligence and AI. The USA, China, Russia, and now even Vietnam have cyberweapon/hacking divisions. Where cyberspace is concerned, it probably comes down to: the one with the best AI is the one who wins.
More ConCERN Over AI Implications
I keep seeing articles like this one that talk about the current and developing state of AI that use the term “concern” or that imply that some people are a little worried. But of course, those silly people don’t need to worry about a thing. Right? Right? (Crickets.)
After all, even though AI is being weaponized, the “good guys” are employing AI to fight against the “bad guys”. (For now.) One example is the CERN weaponized AI they used to fight against hackers. (Kind of the opposite of the DEFCON AI hacker written about the in Wired article above.)
Consider this: an AI has “evolved” to the point where a human cannot successfully lie to it. The flip side is that AI now knows how to lie to, negotiate with, and manipulate humans better than most humans. If it can see your eyes, it’s artificial brain can look into the window of your real soul. So if you’re dealing with the right AI, it would be like dealing with a very street-smart cop combined with a Donald Trump at the negotiating table combined with a seasoned confidence man. Good luck.
Speaking of Donald Trump, even the lame Disney animatronic version of him is causing people to melt down. Somehow, I doubt that an actual threatening AI robot would even evoke a smidgen of anger in most people. Like the next one, for example…
See SpotMini Run
I gotta say, the more I delve into our bright AI future, the more it just plain creeps me out. Case in point: Boston Dynamics‘ line of dog-robots. I’m not a huge fan of pitbulls (who I jokingly call the “breed of peace”) but I’d almost rather have a pitbull chasing me than one of these dog-like AI robots chasing me (depending on how these things eventually get weaponized). Check out the SpotMini below:
Where No Man Has Gone Before
In the future, when AI robots steal our jobs (or become our horrible bosses), some people will just get sick of it and will want to leave. I guess those people will just go to Mars – whenever NASA gets that X3 ion thruster finished!
And on the subject of leaving earth to explore space, supposed space explorers coming to earth has been in the news a LOT during the past two weeks. Here’s one MSM news clip, in which they actually tell us the facts of the latest developments (albeit with a lot of unnecessary laughter and joking about it):
I’ll say this right now: I do not believe in space aliens at all. I do believe in the existence of “UFOs” (for lack of a better term). And apparently I share my belief with the Pentagon and numerous U.S. Senators – including Harry Reid. It would be a bit stupid to not believe that something very real is going on in the skies, seeing that there’s a preponderance of video and photographic evidence showing these flying craft.
The Pentagon video – with commentary by F18 pilots as they’re watching the thing! – is pretty amazing. But numerous other videos are available for viewing on your favorite video site. This phenomenon is real and my impression is that it’s increasing, because UFOs have been in the news more and more in the last few years.
And as Chris Hayes says in his MSNBC report, the weird thing is no one seems “too worked up about it”. Yeah, that’s true: it’s not making a huge splash. It’s just another news item. Trump’s tweets get more coverage. Why is that?
I don’t have the answer but it makes me curious is something bigger is coming, something as big as the long-rumored “disclosure”. And if that ever happens, will the world’s reaction be more than a “meh” or will people actually freak out, War of the Worlds-style?
“Official disclosure? By the government? You’re joking, right Shawn?” Don’t laugh yet. Watch the next CNN interview with Pentagon-dude, Luis Elizondo, and pay attention to some of the words he uses:
“Let’s call them ‘aircraft'”…”beyond the healthy g-forces…of a human or anything biological”…”seemingly defying the laws of aerodynamics”…”not just eyewitness data, it’s also actual electro-optical data and radar returns”. He then gives the interviewer a very honest and good answer when she tries to “bait” him into talking about “aliens”.
So what are UFOs? Are there aliens? Is there life from outside our solar system visiting earth? I’ll talk about UFOs and aliens more in an upcoming post, and when my book comes out soon I’ll provide some fun speculation on that subject. For now I’ll just say this: if UFOs are real-enough to be actively observed and studied by the DOD, you can’t ignore or laugh at them. But in my opinion, the phenomenon can not be explained by the idea of “space aliens”. That’s searching in the wrong direction.