Will the AI Singularity be Vicarious’ Bread and Butter?


If you had Fifty Million Dollars, would you be able to figure out how to make robots smarter than humans? Robotics company Vicarious is betting they can, or at least make androids as smart as humans.

Vicarious has just secured $50 million to do just that.  They’re developing AI in a way that allows the machines to do more on their own, and to handle unexpected and unknown situations. This direction could eventually lead us right into the Singularity, where machines become more intelligent than humans.

If Vicarious succeeds in creating Artificial General Intelligence, it will be the first company on Earth to do so, and will go down in history as the company that created the first artificial person. But a decision like that is up to the people at large, not Vicarious, not me, and not any one person in politics or law enforcement. I remember what I learned about the Native mericans at times like this: They were thought of as a threat before the White Men knew much about them at all.

I would love to sit down with a genuinely intelligent machine, and have a conversation. Maybe then I will be ready to make my own judgement.

Artificial Intelligence and Cooking

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Mom’s meatloaf. It’s something that can’t be duplicated. Or can it?

Let’s consider a kitchen of the future. If dad gets mom a robot for the kitchen, to help out with preparing meals, measuring those pesky 1/3 cups, and making sure that the oven is preheated to the proper temperature, what’s to stop mom from teaching this android assistant how to prepare the family’s favorite dish?

The recipes we pass down through our families through generations are important cultural guideposts that tell us where we came from and who we are. Food is not just sustenance, it is a deeply ingrained aspect of our personalities, identities, and collective consciousness as individuals, families and societies. I mean, where would we be if the recipe for Coca Cola were lost?

For some families, teaching a robot how to cook a secret family recipe might be the best way to pass along the tradition, when children are, for whatever reason, absent or not a part of the picture. If your great-grandmother had taught your grandmother, who taught your mother, and she taught you, how to cook a ‘Famous Family Chili, or something like that, but you were incapable of having children yourself, and there was no one else to carry on the tradition, teaching another person — or, if you choose, an android — might be an excellent way to pass along the secrets of your kitchen to cooks of the future.

Artificial Intelligence and Aliens


Artificial Intelligence may someday play a part in the relationship between mankind and extraterrestrials. It has already been posited that some aliens might actually be entirely comprised of AI, with their creator civilizations already long extinct. That is in fact the main fear about further development of AI: that it will lead to the utter destruction of human beings.

We do not officially know if there are aliens out there, waiting for the right time to come and make themselves known to the world at large. Or do we? That is a matter of extraordinary debate, and seems to have been so for quite a long time. Almost everyone has heard or read about the Ancient Alien theory, stating that human beings were genetically engineered in the remote past. Could this be true? Could our ancient ancestors actually be from another world? Or, could we have been biologically manipulated by ancient AI machines from somewhere else in the cosmos?

It could be argued on a particular level that human beings are the AI created by some other race. If we are in fact an ‘artificial race’ then that would be a close enough definition for some to label us as AI.

For others, the prospect of both Aliens and human-level Artificial General Intelligence is equally unlikely, negating each of the above scenarios altogether,

Yet another consideration is the role that AI might ultimately play in protecting the Earth and the human race from potentially hostile extraterrestrial biological entities, or even our own AI warring against AI from other places. This can get a little complicated, as you can see.

I am personally of the opinion that yes, there are other intelligent life forms in this Universe, and that yes, human beings will eventually develop human-level AI. Since the supposed reality of both of these situations is in the future, it might be wise to think about these things now, and make preparations for what these new variables might bring into our lives.

AI and Childcare

Artificial Intelligence could be babysitting your children in the future.

Let’s back up. There are places in supermarkets where people ‘drop off’ their kids into the care of a ‘babysitter’ at the store in charge of a little playroom where kids can watch tv, play with blocks and take a nap. There is always supposed to be a human present, watching over the kids, making sure that no bad people come and take anybody away.

That’s a pretty sound system; it seems to be working.

How could AI be integrated into this scenario? Why should AI be integrated into this scenrio anyway? Well, for starters, it might help to avoid medical emergencies. AI can be used to monitor and report on the vital signs of the kids, to make sure that no one is having any ind of dangerously high heart rates or temperatures. This is pretty critical when you might have kids in the same place that are allergic to anything the other kids might be carrying around with them in their pockets, like peanuts for example.

Another great way that AI could be integrated into childcare is simple security. There are a lot of great facial recognition softwares out there, including eye pattern recognition, and it would be great if you could turn in your kid at the playroom, take a facial recognition shot, and know that no one without your matching face would be able to get the kids out again. Unless you had a twin sister, then you might want to get eye pattern recognition because inner eye patterns are not identical in identical twins.

One thing you do not want is android babysitters, that is just asking for it. There is a lot of things that AI can be trusted to do, but accidents do happen, and you don’t want an earthquake to happen, only to have an android fall on your baby. No offense, androids, I’m not calling you overweight or anything, I’m just saying, it seems like a legitimate concern.

So yeah, there are a lot of ways that AI can be integrated, and if there is a job growth problem in the far future, and both humans and AI are having trouble finding work, AI Childcare might be a great business opportunity.

Artificial Intelligence and Banking

If Artificial General Intelligence is used to run an entire banking business, with human assistants working together to keep the machine in order and operating smoothly, it might be capable of streamlining the economy of those who bank there.

With the most advanced mathematics, an AGI bank administrator could calculate the greatest possible advantages to its patrons, recommend these services, and improve the lives of the patrons, and the bank’s standing in the public eye.

When you let machines handle numbers, they know what they’re doing. It’s what they’re made of. Sure, we are going to be using organic computing in the future, but that really just means made of molecules that include the element Carbon, doesn’t it? I mean, chemically speaking.

Would I go with a bank that was exclusively administered by AI? Probably. If the bank had a good reputation for getting their patrons in good standing and recommended some of the best investment, I would probably go for it.

It’s nice having a human teller to go to at the bank, and any AI bank would prbably do well to include at least a few human tellers in order to keep in touch with what would no doubt be the vast majority of their patrons: human businessmen.

New Report Priorities Human Rights over Rights of Sentient AI

For some, this is so obvious that it didn’t really need to be said. For AI, this might be a bit of a watershed moment. Human rights have been prioritized over Sentient AI’s freedom, in a new report from IEEE, the world’s largest organization for the harmonious advancement of technology.



It has been discovered that some forms of AI are exhibiting racial biases. These biases have manifested in the form of a lawbot granting paroles more favorably to white inmates than non-white inmates. This is a direct reflection of the AI attempting to follow the algorithms set by crunching years of data input by humans.

Paroles in the US have traditionally been granted more freely to white inmates, which has heavily skewed the data set on which these lawbots’ behavioral algorithms, causing them to reflect the biased behavior of their human predecessors. This must stop.

To promote the viable inclusion of AI in our system of law enforcement, it must be known that bots will make decisions based on complete pictures of the inmates and their situations, legally, not based on the nature of their biological demographic. The machines can currently only be as smart as their programmers, and the source material they are educated with. When people stop behaving badly, it will help the machines to do so as well.

I site ProBulbica for the facts reported in this article: https://www.propublica.org/article/machine-bias-risk-assessments-in-criminal-sentencing

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AI Authors and Musicians

Last night, I did some experiments. I looked up automatic article and story generators, and came across Scheherezade Interactive Fiction (IF). This program fascinates me. Not only could someone who has no actual writing skills produce something worth reading, but it could drastically increase the output of writers who want to produce a lot of content in a short time. Pretty cool, kind of.

About halfway through my excitement at having found a way to hash out stories in seconds, I realized something: This app could someday make my job obsolete. If this kind of AI can be developed NOW, what kind of AI writing platforms and programs can we expect in the future? What if an app like this crunches data about reading habits and book reviews, and produces a piece of literature that is instantly addictive to any human reading it?

That would be great, and apparently, we’re halfway there. In the coming year, I would not be surprised to see AI making money with their creative writing. This is just one of many areas in which AI can succeed in the creative arts. As seen with Google’s DeepDream, AI can compose striking images and videos. There have also been musical compositions created by AI, some with the help of humans.

What could all this mean for artists of every kind? Well, it means that artists should do what artists do best: be creative. Sharing the playing field with machines is going to be a huge motivator for creatives, and will lead to new innovations and mediums and lots and lots of creative output. I mean come on, can a machine make better music than Mozart?

I’ve never seen anything quite like Google’s DeepDream compositions. They are instantly recognizable. This is only the beginning. Entire films are going to be composed by AI. Entire VR experiences. This is the matrix, and we are building it. Think about how AI would choreograph a dance. What would it look like if a robot tried to dance like a human? I want to see an android Moonwalk.

Besides the obvious differences that AI androids would make in our lives, what about the not-so-obvious differences? I think things are going to be a whole lot cleaner. I asked one of my moms what she wanted for Christmas, and she said she wanted a Roomba vacuum ‘bot. That thing is weak AI, but it does a hell of a job! Take that to the next level by applying Superintelligence. You have an incredibly clean planet. It would be nice if they could help us out with the environment, too. Pollution is pretty out of control and ruining things. That and the plundering of Earth’s natural resources. A cleaner planet would require the use of fewer resources. Messes are more than the sum of their parts, especially enormous hypercomplex messes like the ones occurring now on Earth.

What this is really about is the synthesis of AI and human culture. The cooperation of the two ruling species of the future.

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