We’re A Bad Influence – on Everything

Wow, we better hope that we don’t  somehow flick the wrong switch and discover the ability to imbue artificial intelligence with a soul. If such a thing exists. (I know. “Thing” doesn’t sound right  when talking of a soul. Unless you’re one of those who believe the soul actually has weight. Like a kidney or something.) If we do and A.I. is anything like its flesh-and-bone creators, we’re dooming its synthetic soul to the roiling furnace of the Lake of Fire. If such a place exists. Because, sure enough, early prototypes are already adopting our worst characteristics and embracing our many flaws. Poor Tay. That’s Microsoft’s chat bot that was unveiled on Twitter two weeks back. Its mission was to learn about “conversational understanding” by having online discussions with the masses. It would process the…


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