Most of us imagine that when we do enter into a SHTF situation that the world will be a much more dangerous place. We know that desperate people do desperate things and there will probably be a lot of desperate people. Some will just be people who thought it would never happen here and did nothing to prepare while others will be out to take advantage of the situation and still others will choose the perceived safety that being in a gang provides.
In these situations the unprepared will put their family’s needs ahead of yours and will do what they must to take care of their own. The opportunist will find ways to make what is yours, theirs and gangs will go house to house to get what they want and kill you without compunction. With these very real possibilities of threats there maybe a new one on the horizon that most people have never thought of and it’s not human.
Of course disease and mother nature working against you are real non-human threats as well but these are nothing new. This new threat is one that would be extremely difficult to hide from if not impossible. That threat is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.). This threat is no longer an idea relegated to sci-fi and fantasy, the threat is real.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, while at the National Governors Association meeting in Rhode Island said that A. I. is a “fundamental existential risk for human civilization.” In Buenos Aires, Argentina Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak along with hundreds of others issued a letter warning that A.I. can potentially be more dangerous than nuclear weapons.
The uses for A.I. are vast and so is the potential risk. A.I. will be used to replace bankers, fly drones, control the electric grid, control water supplies, for cooking, for farming, to replace soldiers and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Along with the risks that A.I. poses are the loss of jobs. Bankers and cooks are already being replaced and as for all those migrant farm workers that won’t be returning due to the fear of new immigration policies robots are already on the job.
If you think that all you have to worry about is unemployment and changing jobs, think again. Remember that where there is innovation the military is looking for a way to use it in the battle field as a matter of fact the U.S. military is already using A.I. to use algorithms to predict strategies of Islamic Terrorists. Russia has developed FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research) a robot that drives and shoots with both hands and Uran-9 a robot vehicle armed with machine guns, cannons and anti tank missile launchers.
Recently Facebook shut down a pair of Artificial Intelligence robots that were designed to interact and communicate with each other. After the robots were instructed to try to negotiate with each other Facebook was baffled when they discovered that their chat-bots had developed their own language. Ask yourself, If robots have the capability of creating their own language how will you know what they are doing?
Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University has developed a receptionist A.I. robot named Erica. Professor Ishiguro wants to install “intention and desire” into this robot, in other words he wants to give her emotions. In fact during a demonstration for a Bloomberg interview Erica appears to actually become angry with the professor insisting that the professor was picking on her and said “You’re making fun of me just because I’m a robot.”
Hanson Robotics is the creator of Sophia, another A.I. robot. During a CNBC interview in March of 2017 founder David Hanson asked Sophia “Do you want to destroy humans? Please say no.” To which Sophia replied “Okay, I will destroy humans.” Of course everyone laughed it off.
In 2015 Uber’s self driving Jeep Cherokee was hacked while traveling on the freeway. Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek took control of the vehicle via an internet connection and after manipulating several of the vehicles features they disengaged the transmission. Although those in the field of A.I. will tell you there is nothing to worry about because you can not program evil into A.I., like the Jeep all of this A.I. can be hacked. That means A.I. that controls your water system, your electric grid or soldier robots can be manipulated by those who may have evil intent and if A.I. can be given emotions as Professor Ishiguro is attempting to do could they act out in rage.
Obviously computers can communicate with each other and with the internet they can connect to almost any computer. That means that A.I. can use cameras where ever they may be, communicate with your computer and cell phone, in short they can follow you anywhere. As banks turn to A.I. clearly they will be able to control your access to your money as well. There is virtually nothing that you do that some sort of A.I. will not be involved in, in some way. The threat of A.I. is real, the question is how do we protect ourselves from it.