I don’t know about you guys, but AI has always scared the crap out of me. Of course, I am of the Blade Runner Generation, those us whom were of an impressionable age when Sci-Fi portrayed androids as evil beings that look human and did dastardly deeds or took over the world with a pitiful band of heroes remaining to save us. I know that we are a long way from Skynet or the Matrix, but we are closer than I thought, as we watch cool sci-fi shit from our youths come to fruition.
Yes, there are people designing sex robots right now that are starting to look more like people than goofy balloons. Imagine what the sick fucks out there can make of that. I got a blow-up doll for someone as a gag gift a long time ago, but this just, wow. All I could think about through a haze of beer was how to clean that thing up real good after a long night. Take heart, guys, you are not the only gender in danger of being replaced. Few women can match the availability and joviality of Harmony 2.0 and it probably isn’t illegal to smash it to bits in a drunken rage if it should ever get mouthy.
Back to scary AI, it looks like in the near term, we are most in danger from AI replacing human beings in the job market as more and more industries figure out how to get non-eating, non-breathing, non-sick leave taking entities to do tasks for them more efficiently and at less cost. I am not much of a boycotter and the self-checkout line at the store is just fucking sexy to an introvert like me, but I am getting queasy about the elimination of the last line of jobs for those that need them. I may have to make a tough decision if my local McD’s puts in self serve kiosks that replace the already low-paid people in the building.
You will pry my Roombas out of my cold dead hands, though.
In the farther term, we are in danger from AI that is intentionally harmful or incompetently designed with fail-safe mechanisms that have single points of failure. AI is already moving on from menial tasks like turning a wrench or ordering a hamburger. We already have algorithms controlling high-end day trading and stock market manipulation and look how fast Facebook got away from its creators because they don’t seem to know what it does. You can be sentenced for a crime by an AI. Perhaps we will see the terminus of automation as soon as someone builds a CEO 2.0 model with Michael Douglas’s face, provided rich people aren’t too busy screwing robots to pull the plug before being shit-canned.
This week play songs about robots and machines or Industrial as we await the arrival of our AI overlords.
Here is the playlist:
And here are this week’s dedications:
Santino – Blame The Machines
WVR – Machines
Lurking – War Machine
Thrill – Mr Shadow
spootyjim – Robot Stop