Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Choose Your Death: Artificial intelligence and the future

This is the second entry in a series. Check the first part here.

Artificial intelligence and the future

     Just as we though the future couldn’t be worse, artificial intelligence and genetic engineering proves us wrong. Genetic Engineering? How’s that related to anything? Well, read on, and you might freak out.

   First things first: Artificial intelligence can, and will, kill us all. No, I will not go into the overused theory of how they will have minds of their own and ultimately decide that humans are letting them down so they seek to eradicate the entire race for their own good. Rather, let us look realistically – despite the fact that these theories do have some ground and are actually beginning to emerge – but there is a different approach.

     Firstly, what do we define artificial intelligence as? What do we think we use it for? It’s main purpose is to monitor something and identify the mistakes. However so far, it’s attempts to fix them aren’t terrifying at all.
we could learn a thing or two from transformers

    For simplification, the newer cars buzz when they find an object when in reverse. That is a very linear example, but the “intelligence” here only recognizes the problem, but does not act to solve it. If such simple mechanisms were used in military, with the program allowed to take the “necessary procedures” to tackle the problem, then the program will be called “Goodbye World” even while fully following orders. Robots don’t need a mind of their own to be taught how to use a gun and it’s as easy as minesweeper to program a robot to perform large-scale massacres, but not excluding the ability to investigate hidden targets and carefully assassinate them too.

     So, what level should the panic-o-meter get? Wait, that wasn’t scary enough? What’s the difference between this and weaponry? These robots could be made to look like ordinary humans. They could be present in society, hiding, collecting a huge amount of information, becoming a pillar in crime life and mafias, ready to make them become militia when war is to strike and armies need “help”. That’s evil beyond evil. It gets worse. The possibilities are endless. These robots, can not only act in peaceful times, but in racial war, they can be the only ones who can quickly know the race from DNA, on the site too. Now, why would anyone start a racial war is beyond me, but we must acknowledge that such analysis of individuals can only be done on site via advancements in both genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. 

     At those times, you’ll find “literature” based on their diaries, or what they write to their supervisors as to what happened to them every day. Even though, the media will shush about the gravity of our situation. There are possibilities which I have not even started talking about, such as the AI chips inserted into the brain of a living human being, passively making him go insane, or recording all what he sees, or eventually controlling the body altogether. Artificial intelligence is even more frightful than taking our jobs or having a mind of their own and killing us. Because upon reaching the “getting their own conscious” stage, they would've already killed plenty of us.

Do I make a good fortune teller? Or does this sound like some paranoid conspiracy theory? If you liked it, check the first one. Play More Zelda!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Flappy Bird’s secret for topping the charts

Flappy Bird’s secret for topping the charts

     Somehow, on the same day, everyone, from computer geeks to casual gamers, downloaded the same app on the same day. What kind of sorcery is this?

    There’s no such thing as magic, but there is Mario references and they are basically the same concept. Those signature 8-bit pipes are to attract the sleepy-headed who only recognize what they previously like and are not exactly looking for anything new. These people are the most likely to be the “install, open once, uninstall” types, but the game’s simple repeating pattern wouldn’t let them.

    Repeating. We were all children one day, and we learned language, “good actions” and “bad actions” all by copying others, and trial and error. We were all, eventually, echoing doing something forever resembling a ritual, and if we were to put a BASIC loop and a child side-by-side, the human, for once, wins. Flappy bird succeeds in waking up the latent child that was a faster learner and adapter than we are now. Unconsciously, you will be clicking at accurately regular intervals, and aim to never make a single mistake, or else you have to repeat. The pipe-less space at the beginning is what initiates this point by clicking regularly to remain in the middle on the screen.

   When something goes viral, there will be people out there who want the best and highest score. Being a free game with no “rocket booster” or any randomly spawning modifications, becoming a legend is an honorable thing, or just to look dedicated in front of your friends, you aim for the highest score. I am not that enthusiastic about playing this game, but everyone around me is challenging all their peers to beat their score. This sense of scoring system makes people want to polish their skills more.

   If I said any more, I’d be making up reasons. These three reasons are what make this game viral. The highest score on iOS may be 9999, but on Android it’s over 2 million gaps crossed. This is fascinating. Scores should be shared on google + from now on, although the iOS’ game center is still superior.

There are a lot more draft articles but too few time this month. Play More Zelda!