What’s Coming in 2018?

2017 was probably the year of the singularity – depending on how you define singularity. It definitely was the year in which AI, robots, and the blockchain came into the forefront of current news. The year 2018 will bring much more of the same, but I predict we will see two other themes becoming more and more common. Two of the things that will gain more prominence in 2018 will be quantum computing and extra-terrestrial intelligences (ETIs).

ETIs refers to what you’re thinking: “aliens“. But it also refers to AIs. You’ll see what I mean when you watch the video embedded below.

I don’t quite know what to think of the whole ET/UFO scenario, in terms of why it’s been in the news recently, and why it’s gaining more…respectability (for lack of a better word). But something is brewing. We’ll see some interesting developments in that area, in 2018, I believe.

Could it be that scientists will make “contact” with something? Maybe. And if they do, it could be within the context of “inter-dimensional” communication. CERN might be involved. Or D-Wave. Or Google. Somehow, I think quantum computing will come into play when if that happens.

Why? It will serve as a legitimate, scientific, respectable, more acceptable method for the spirit realm to interact openly with the human realm – something that’s always happened, under different guises. This time, the same demons the Egyptian priests, Assyrian mystics and Babylonians sorcerers spoke with will speak with our scientists and physicists. This time, they won’t claim to be “gods”; they will claim to be people or beings from another dimension or solar system.

If or when “contact” occurs, don’t take it at face value. (I know I write about some mystical, weird, kooky stuff here – but I don’t necessarily believe in these things as they are presented. If I mention something here, I may be writing about it because other people believe it to be true, and those people have an influence over you and I. What I believe in is the Bible.)

Of course, it bears repeating that talk of ETIs, quantum computing, and contacting other dimensions sounds nuts (until it’s not). Sometimes even the scientists are surprised at the results they are seeing.

Just remember: these days, truth is stranger than fiction used to be. Here’s Geordie Rose (of D-Wave fame) talking about how AI is like ET:

Round Up: AI Non-Human Entities – Killer Robots – Travel to Mars – UFO Alien Disclosure

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!

Impending Disclosure?

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.