Trying to prove something is certain (omnipresent surveillance) by comparing it to something which does not yet exist and may never (artificial intelligence) is not the best approach. It might make sense to spend some more time educating yourself on the reality of the world today before speculating about an imagined future. Futurism can be a valuable exercise. Sometimes it may even provide unique insights that cam allow us to make some changes in the now to help ensure the future is a better time. It cannot do that without a rock solid foundational understanding of the present, particularly as it relates to the things it purports to speculate about in the future. Without that it is nothing more than science fiction without the literary aspirations. What is permeating many institutions and many transactions is not intelligent. It is not some newly created/born/invented disembodied but conscious being that lives in the world wide web and obeys the commands of its police state techno masters. It is computing as it has been done for the past 15 years or so, but using algorithms designed with (slightly) more advanced math and statistics. These algorithms are coded by human beings and makeup programs which are then “run” on machines called computers. These machines execute the code in the same way they always have, following the instructions as given by the code in the same way they always have. They do only what they are programmed to do, no more, and no less because that is what machines called computers do. They do not learn, by the very definitions of the words ‘machine’ and ‘learning’ they cannot. The result of the combination of those two words is a term which is a logical contradiction. It is also logically impossible. We do not even know how a human being learns and yet think we can say machines do it. It is absurd and it is nonsense. There are many theories about how human beings/human brain learns, all of which have some claim to being the “correct” one, none of which are without controversy or dissenters. There are as many definitions of what it is to ‘learn’ as there are theories of learning about which the same could be said. The story is equally confused for the word and concept of intelligence. I am so tired of repeating this same argument over and over and over again in seventeen million different ways. At some point you would think I would get tired of it and just give up and quit.

I will quit on the day I am presented with evidence of an artificial intelligence that is real and actually exists. That should be easy as according to everyone but me it does and has for years now. I am still waiting and have been for three years now. How many years more can I continue my sad and lonely quest. Let’s find out.

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Research scientist (Ph.D. micro/mol biology), Thought middle manager, Everyday junglist, Selecta (Ret.), Boulderer, Cat lover, Fish hater

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