When I was a child, I loved the original Star Trek series. As a radio ham I was fascinated by those little communicator devices that they used to communicate with the Enterprise. At the time it was just a fantasy to be able to pack so much technology into a little box, the age of valve technology had only just passed and we had the still relatively cumbersome transistor.
Today, such technology would seem primitive, a simple smartphone has more computing power than NASA had when it put the first man on the moon. We don’t have a Warp Drive yet for trans-galactic travel, NASA are working on it or at least some of their ex-employees at the Tau Zero Foundation are.
We are the Borg. Lower your shields and surrender your ships. We will add your biological and technological distinctiveness to our own. Your culture will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile.
The Borg were a collective hive, an amalgamation of different biological species and machines, they would absorb any other culture that they came across. Frightening stuff, but OK on the TV or cinema screen; unfortunately were heading towards such a situation faster than you think.
Anonymous quote Stephen Hawking in this video: “Stephen Hawking: Elites No Longer Need Humans, AI Will Soon Replace Humanity.”
Professor Hawking and Elon Musk among others, have recently been sounding the alarm over Artificial Intelligence (AI). These people should be listened to, they are not stupid and I regret to say that if anything, they are understating the case.
Earlier this year, I wrote an article called: The Dawn of the Quantum Age. You can have a look at this article for a more detailed description of what Quantum Computing is.
Twenty years ago, I was discussing with some academics about just what made the human brain so different from a computer, what enabled it to do so many amazing things, including consciousness? Research at the time suggested that at its root, the human brain operated at the quantum level.
I don’t know the current state of the above research, but at the time I realised that it was Quantum Computing that would make Artificial Intelligence dangerous and a force to be reckoned with. Current silicon technology based robots like Sophie are as nothing compared to what’s coming.
Hawking, Musk et al never discuss Quantum Computing when they talk about AI, but it is here, still primitive, cumbersome but developing quickly now, and will probably soon have the ability to self develop. Development will be a very strong exponential curve upwards from here.
I thought that as Quantum Computing was still in its early stages and cumbersome, that we’d have some time left before it became a problem, now I don’t think we have so long. Quantum Computers rely on superconductivity to work and thus their core needs to be just about the coldest place in the universe. For now they’re not exactly mobile although this probably will change eventually, this made it hard to see how they could be incorporated into a robot.
Now a Google executive and many others are predicting an Artificial Intelligence Singularity. Ray Kurzwell from Google predicts that such a singularity will be in place by 2029.
The singularity is that point in time when all the advances in technology, particularly in artificial intelligence (AI), will lead to machines that are smarter than human beings.
I would say a lot smarter than human beings and we need to also consider advances in Internet technology. The latest Internet Protocol (IPv6) is a lot more efficient than the older version (IPv4), that had a limited number of IP addresses available. With IPv6 it will be possible for every entity in the world to have an IP address, that includes every human, animal, gadget and machine, including robots.
The ‘Internet of Things’ probably seems cool now, you can log on to the Internet and turn on the central heating for when you get home and a lot of other cool stuff. What this also means is that we’ll no longer need to distribute Quantum Computing systems for them to pervade our lives.
One Quantum Computer will be able to control every human and machine on the planet.
Instead of talking about an AI Singularity I prefer to talk about a Quantum Singularity.
I haven’t heard anybody else talk about this yet so when they do, remember you heard it on UKIP Daily first.
Anonymous and many others have warned about the imminent dangers of humans being micro-chipped. When this happens you’ll finally, like the Borg, be part of a collective hive with no privacy, freedom or life of your own. That this is the desire of certain elite people there is no doubt.
Google is already using a Quantum Computer, Microsoft are developing their own version as are D-Wave. They’re all using slightly different versions of the technology, which one will prevail I don’t know, but the vast amounts of money now being invested in this technology means there is more to it than we’re being told.
Today we’re used to being spied on by the Internet, it’s frightening just how much organisations like Google know about us, where we’ve been, what we’ve been doing or buying and what we like and don’t like; probably a lot more too. Still most of us don’t regard ourselves as important enough to be worthy of too much attention: this will change under the Quantum Singularity.
Quantum Computers have the potential to be unlike any other computer we could dream of, millions, possibly trillions of times faster with the ability to address vast, almost unimaginable amounts of data simultaneously: there will be nowhere to hide.
I’ve only told you half of the story so far, the rest is even more frightening, much more frightening, I’ll write about it in my next article.