ON BIO-ROBOTS, SIMILARITIES BETWEEN AI AND THE HUMAN SUBCONSCIOUS AND WHY HUMANS CAN SOON BE REPLACED

December 25th, 2017 Posted by thoughts No Comment yet

Here’s my freshest idea based on the recent experiment with the Digital DNA and the biochip: we, the humanity, are biorobots with self learning adaptive neural network in our brains.
Multiple experiments have shown that when a person is put into a certain environment, he starts adapting to it, absorbs its infosphere and with time develops a clearly predictable behavior. A school student receives a predetermined amount of carefully selected knowledge (read he’s programmed). He’s told that a theorem has to be proved in a certain way or that a historical event happened exactly as described. In the future this student might argue with other students who read different books and studied different opinions, defending ‘his’ world perception not realizing where did it originate. Convicts in their majority break down soon after being incarcerated and start living by the prison’s rules and speaking the local jargon. After such person is released he is likely to have troubles adjusting to a normal life as he must have forgotten how that normal life works. A man of the family, a loving father who was fond of homemade pizzas turns into a killer of other fathers as soon as he puts on a uniform and gets thrown into a battlefield. Most of the time he blindly accepts someone else’s rules and doesn’t try to figure out whose blood he spills and what for ideals.

These were most likely exaggerated examples, but the same ideas also work on lower household levels – someone comes home from work each day and opens a bottle(because his father did), someone thinks that the world is ruled by the Reptilians (because his favorite TV-channel loooved airing that show back in the day), somebody thinks that dragons are real (because be reads only fantasy books) and so on.

A man acts in a certain way because his neural network(the subconscious?) is trained by the “big data” of his environment. This neural network uses the inputs to shape the person’s decision model that gives answers to questions “what do I do if…” This is why identical triplets raised in different families won’t act alike in the same situation when they grow up – their network was trained on different data.

Our AI is flexible and easily trainable in the young age, however as we grow older it also becomes weary and rather stick to the old tricks than go with a new decision branch. This is why it’s easier to start from a blank page when you are young – move to a different country, change up the environment, start a new relationship. What’s certain is that a drastic lifestyle change is only attainable by tossing self out of the comfort zone where the brain’s network can learn from different, new data – dedicated meditation, informative books, exciting new hobbies and more.

So if we accept that we in fact are biorobots created by whoever, there’s a problem peeking from the corner – we now live in the age of “equalization”. Let me explain. If two people are running the 100m dash the result of one runner always depends on the other’s performance. If both runners’ skills are equal, they’ll both show their average result, however if one is better than the other, the result of the latter will be above his average. The weaker runner in the last example will be definitely ashamed of himself: “How come I’m so far behind” even though he might have beaten his personal record. We are often ashamed of ourselves and prone to vanity outbursts, that’s how human psychology works. We don’t want to even think of making a bad image of ourselves in someone else’s eyes. That’s how we are programmed.

Instead of nurturing consciousness and promoting self-improvement, which is only reachable outside our comfort zone, we are shoved back to it. The result? Popular movies are shot based on the analysis of mass market demands. Movie scripts are adapted to cater to the majority’s demands, often distancing from the writer’s original ideas. Books are plagued by the same disease. “Wow, 50 shades sold millions of copies, let make more 50 shades!”

Instead of nurturing consciousness and promoting self-improvement, which is only reachable outside our comfort zone, we are shoved back to it. The result? Popular movies are shot based on the analysis of mass market demands. Movie scripts are adapted to cater to the majority’s demands, often distancing from the writer’s original ideas. Books are plagued by the same disease. “Wow, 50 shades sold millions of copies, let make more 50 shades!” Media products are adjusted to the average model of the mass market. They are fabricated to bring profit, not to reach out to people with new ideas and not to create a masterpiece. Now it’s easy to tell what people in their majority want – all of us are connected to the internet where all our actions are logged which makes it is easy to tell what does a person want. This is the sad reality.

I’m convinced that evening out the revolutionary ideas hurts our species as a whole. We are forced to stick to the cozy flock of people with similar skillset and same perception of the world. Movies and books that bring out arrogant and thought-provoking ideas like “Stalker” and “Fight club” no longer fall into the demand valley of an average person, thus there will be less and less of them. Startups that can potentially carry out innovative products are overshadowed by startups that offer quick profit to the investors, thus they are less likely to attract investments. “Who cares that this online-shopper-tracking startup brings the world closer to the digital slavery as long as my wallet will get thicker, right?” Now to the video games. They once were mostly adored by geeks and people with sparks of creativity in their eyes, because they offered challenging gameplay, subtle ways to get buffed and kick everyone’s ass while rocking out to AC/DC (Hi, Full Throttle), non-linear scripting (Hi, Fallout 1, 2) and in general were more engaging. Ideas and genres popularized by fantastic titles like Star Control 2, Master of Orion, UFO, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 are now drowned in the sea of forced ‘equalization’ and dumbing down. “Don’t bother to learn the combos – here’s your quick-time event. Press X to win, yo!”. “No need to dedicate lots of time to get good gear – microtransactions are here to help. What’s your card number again?”. This is a joke – a challenge to the principles of evolution.

Okay, now let’s assume I made a valid a point and we in fact are self-learning biorobots, who take after the Creator. This means that our potential is almost endless, as our internal AI (or should I say, subsconscious) has no “programmatic” limitations – it can process and learn from any data. If you still doubt that, take a minute to think that our ancestors from a 10th century didn’t possess even a fraction of knowledge that’s now available to any kid. But that doesn’t mean that an Old Joe from the year 950 could not be a genius iOS software engineer. His AI was trained to ‘gather food and pray in the name of the King, the Lord, the Whoever’, but should he be taken in infancy, moved to 21th century, educated and then thrown back to his time – he’d be a genius there.
If I’m right, then a 21st century human operates only at a millionth fraction of his capacity. Our neural network can easily support conversations about fascinating technological advances, space exploration and philosophical concepts that can shake even the most dedicated believer’s faith. It only needs the right data to learn from. And the desire to learn.

If I’m right, then a 21st century human operates only at a millionth fraction of his capacity. Our neural network can easily support conversations about fascinating technological advances, space exploration and philosophical concepts that can shake even the most dedicated believer’s faith. It only needs the right data to learn from. And the desire to learn.

The talks about the upcoming era of AI and Robotics can now be heard from each open window. What if that era has started a while ago? What if we convinced ourselves that we have hit our educational limits and now took the wheel from the Nature to create BioRobots v2.0 – just like us, the v.1, but with a permanent connection to a cloud knowledge database and no need for the ‘mate feed kill repeat’ cycle. It’s a nice thoughе experiment to consider that we could be replaced in the future by the ‘upgraded humans’. I can’t deny coming back to that thought each time I see people of different wealth and different mindsets slowly run the track of their lives. Or just stomp the ground without moving, as Vysotskiy sang: “There are no winners and no losers in stationary running”. Progress becomes a privilege of those who were raised in a special environment or those who fought their way out of their cozy-lazy environment, but these people are as rare as people who invested in bitcoin in 2010.
This is all a sad story, my biorobots.

Every one of us holds an enormous potential inside. I, myself, would not like to be replaced by something better – I want to be that better something. I want to prove Mother Nature that we, bio-robots v1, can do better, learn anything. We just have to set the right aim and redefine the term ‘success’. Now it’s equal to ‘wealth’, but should we change it to something less selfish, the world would become a better place. I should. You should.

P.S.
Weird is that if I spoke of computers being replaced – no one would blink an eye. But with humans it sparks genuine resentment. Why? We are not so different from the new self-learning machines because we are creating them similar to us. Like once we were created. This is not a claim, rather a ground for discussion.

P.P.S. Millions of people live in the comfort zone only dreaming of getting a new car, a new apartment or a pair of fancy shoes ‘just like Carrie Bradshaw’s got’. They are happy. They don’t want to change their ‘Matrix’ program and I don’t judge them, I only ask myself: “shall they be saved?”. Shall they?

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