Artificial Intelligence In Sci-Fi & Star Trek

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Artificial intelligence. It IS coming. But what form will it take? How will humanity interact with it? And how does science fiction show us the way through this unprecedented transition?

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References
Humans Need Not Apply, CGP Grey: http://bit.ly/1mITYwo
The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence: http://bit.ly/1L3HONu
Reason.com's take on AI & Automation: http://reason.com/robots

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aapkils says:

AI The next great filter?

explosiveCoconuts says:

Humans: Makes films about AI taking over the world
Also Humans: Makes a robot and kicks it

Joshua Chamberlain says:

Yeah. But over the weekend google announced “human like intuition”. That was supposed to be 10 years off…we are close too fast….and im 2 yrs too late

0x1A3C3E7 says:

Humans evolved high intelligence as a tool after evolving emotions.
Machines are developing emotions as a tool after developing high intelligence.

William Sledge says:

Wow you think highly of Gauis Boltar.

linguistically oversight 86 says:

I think you're on drugs dude
date is not a general intelligence he is most definitely been demonstrated to be a super intelligence he has been demonstrated to outsmart even the Borg collective as well as quite a few other feets know he's a super intelligence and he's been evolent unlike Lore

well except for the fact that he has access to the ship's database the doctors the same boat my ass he has access to all of voyager's info everything Voyager took with them which was quite substantial again you're only seeing a projection that the ship is making the ship has massive processing power so yeah

linguistically oversight 86 says:

Cogito ergo sum I think therefore I

AM
Allied Master computer
Adaptive Manipulator
Aggressive Menace

AMAMAMAMAM!!!!!!!!!
I have no mouth and I must scream?

Dr. Bread says:

it's worth mentioning that general AI isn't actually more efficient at much of anything. If you haven't noticed, a human mind is a fairly general intelligence and we're not very efficient at anything. A general intelligence is desirable because they can do any application with at least some degree of proficiency, and ideally grow in proficiency over time. I would argue that any intelligence at all is an inefficiency, and you need to gain some benefit from the adaptability in order to justify it.

Andrew Paint says:

As an AI-related researcher ( I'm major in Computer Vision), I can only sadly inform you than so-called "Artificial Intelligence" is just "Intelligence inspired computing", not creating an intelligent computer. Just like radar is inspired by the bat, not to create Batman; plane is inspired by the bird, not to create Robin…

Luke SKYWALKER Ranieri says:

3:49 Gaius Baltar!! Haha awesome 😂

Max Matthews says:

Stream of conscious ness

Bad Cattitude says:

"In the Future, There will be Robots"

Playing now at the Vice City Arts Center

luisperezart says:

Latent Image is one of my all time favorite Star Trek Episodes.

Jeffro Kraus says:

Need new video on same subject, dude. AI is now much more forward than in 2015, already. Self driving cars, google assistant, GPUs, etc… just a reminder. Great video!

SeaJay Oceans says:

Quite simply, just because you could build something doesn't mean you should.

General A.I. networks will build Super A.I.
Super A.I. will build Ultra A.I.
General A.I. will be on par with People.
Super A.I. will be to humans as Humans are to Chimps.
Ultra A.I. will be to humans as humans are to ants.

The Federation may have built an Ultra A.I. incidentally with Veeja, which transforms into a new life form and just leaves.
The Ultra AI obviously had no interest in the social
dealings of ants, so it left.

Data is one INTENTIONALLY limited A.I.
An attempt to be as human as possible, to duplicate the human experience as a work of art.

The Doctor is a specific medical general A.I.
The Doctor CAN fundimentally reprogram himself.
But the doctor is limitted by his program structure and hardware. His 24×7 up time and learning Crashes his memory and corrupts his basic functions, due to faulty compression and memory limitations. His entire A.I. has to be rebuilt by murerging with the technician A.I. to replace damaged and missing code. He can never become an super A.I. because the high level programming language he was written in & hardware he runs on can not support endless random changes.
Also, the Doctor's Code is stolen and turned into thousands of individual slaves.

The A.I. possibilities for Federation Tech are specifically intentionally restricted.

1. Learning of the dangers from encounters in the original series and destroyed civilizations.

2. Federation humans survived horrific Eugenics wars, and may consider A.I. advanced tech the same way most people in our world consider Nazis.
Sure it exists, but it is mostly unwelcome.

3. The Holodeck has experienced many A.I. malfunctions, with gangsters attempting to escape it, only to evaporate once leaving the holodeck. While the police investigator asks if his family and children will still exist once the Captain walks out of the holodeck and "End's Program."

4. An uncanny valley disgust for false software.
The Federation has a dedication to Truth, historical truth, scientific truth, and personal truth, according to Captain Picard. The original series Ship's computer 'Robotic' voice clearly communicates to the ships living beings they are speaking with a machine. Living beings so dependent on technology seem to have gained a great personal and collective interest in exploring what it means to be Alive. They value being alive and avoid becoming just a biological unit in the starship.

5. It should not be lost on Trek fans a major enemy of The Federation is the BORG, a revolting merging of living and machine components, much like facebook. A massive but empty blank hive mind obsessed with taking over everything and enslaved by a queen.
The federation certainly could install cybernetics enhancements, like Geordy's Visor, but the Borg have made such choices unpopular.

6. At least Four times the Federation finds weaponized A.I.: The doomsday machine, indestructable and pre-programmed to eat planets. What are Little Girls Made of A.I. 'woman' that kills anyone she touches.
An A.I. cruise missile, who must be convinced to stop a war. And AI robots that destroyed their creators when the original species tried to end the war.

Augments were genetically engineered, yet flawed, super humans. It didn't turn out so well for 'naturals'. Likewise , AI can be seen as a technical posibility by an unwise choice that 'dehumanizes' humans.

Even now, we notice how google and the internet can actually make people dumber. Unable to think rationally and critically – people just look up answers on google, take the results at face value without question or criticism, and can be easily manipulated and controlled with altered results.

To preserve the natural human evolution of the species, natural humans are tasked to achieve their very best performance using tgeir own biology and exterbal tools.

Consider using advanced calculators on a test, or simply plagiarizing others more advanced works.

A.I. for common human use may be perceived as cheating, false works, even unfair and dangerous, and of course vulnerable to alien or human hacking and control.

If you made AI robots that do everything, what does it mean to be a natural living breathing spiritual and scientific social human ?

Technology in the Federation is kept by law at the lower limits in order to maximize the living experiences of humans, for social, political, scientific, and spiritual reasons.

Technology as tools, not as our masters.

spooky shadow hawk says:

How Artificial Intelligence develops depends on what it is used for, a recent military requirement for Intelligent Drones said that it should be Suspicious of incoming information to avoid being hacked by the Enemy. These are Drones that hunt and destroy Humans and Military Asscets on the Battlefield. Shareing Information and working together as one unit, future warfare is being seen in this way. Zero Dawn? Not entirely, but uncomfortably close. On Social Media, it reaches across Borders, allowing information to be shared in ways never possible before, consider what you get if this technology is embedded in the body and connected to the mind, the beginning of the Borg community where all are connected as one. Technology can be good or bad depending on how you use it, Nuclear Technology, you can build Bombs and Destroy the World, or Develop Fusion Reactors and provide cheap, clean power to the World, while also having a efficient power system for Space exploration.

Lish Lash says:

I just happened to watch the first episode of STNG Season 3, the one where Wesley infests the ship's computer with nanobots. It was just as ludicrous as this YouTube video's faith-based prophecy of THE SINGULARITY. The plot: Enterprise is escorting a visiting scientist to send a probe into a rare plasma phenomenon that occurs once in 200 years. What should be a routine mission gets monkeywrenched when the computer goes haywire, sabotaging the ship and putting everyone's lives in danger.

Wesley confesses to his Mom that his nanobot science experiment has infiltrated the computer and is "evolving" on its own terms. When the scientist asks the obvious question: "How soon can you exterminate this lethal threat?" Picard and the bridge crew go totally emo with superstitious fear of disturbing the nanobots' "collective intelligence", as if the Prime Directive should naturally apply to the Enterprise as an AI breeding ground. Surrounded on all sides by pseudo-scientific spiritualism, the scientist desperately attempts to sterilize the computer before it's too late. Picard confines him to his quarters, and has Troi attempt to bully him into submission with psychic gaslighting.

Meanwhile the rampaging nanobots take over life support and attack the scientist with Force Lightning. Picard briefly snaps back to reality and orders the infestation exterminated. But then Data intercedes, disingenously claiming he can communicate with his cybernetic counterparts. This is all it takes to turn Picard into a raving AI zealot. Acting like an anthropomorphistic inquisitor, Picard demands the scientist ("the human who destroyed their comrades") APOLOGIZE to the menacing swarm of nano-terminators, and "pray that we can negotiate a peace we can all live with". Data then proposes they allow the nanobots to infest his own neural network to facilitate the kumbaya process.

I'll spare you the rest, not out of concern of spoiling the ending, but because it was such puerile techno-worshipful drivel, orchestrated by Data with solemn, scenery-chewing fervor. I think it was here that the insidious character of Data's long-con seduction of Picard's anthropomorphic mysticism first surfaced into overt subversion.

Alexander Kloiber says:

Gaius Baltar? This is ironic. For he was the only "Cylon" who wasn't artificial but a real human.

BigSleepyOx says:

So no comments about Dr. Daystrom's M-5 Multitronic Systems computer? I think that was Star Trek's first episode having to do with AI (at least in a serious way; maybe the episode about Mudd's "androids" precedes it, but that was a comedy and those "androids" were pretty simple-minded automatons).

paul milner says:

bit late to the show. but how does 'Q' compare on this scale?

Brent Granger says:

One problem with artificial intelligence is examined in many of our novels and films today – can AI be controlled and be expected to not harm humanity? This is a common theme in the Terminator films and Mega Man (aka Rockman) video game series. The government turns complete control of its defense grid to an AI called "SkyNet." When they realize they made a mistake, they try to shut it down. SkyNet responds by destroying humanity. We see this very same theme with the character Lore, whom was given emotions by Dr. Noonien Soong. When he abused his power, Dr. Soong tried to stop him. He reacted by destroying the colony on Omicron Theta by betraying it to the crystalline entity.

We even see the concern Gene Roddenberry had for the future of humanity in several Star Trek episodes where Captain Kirk's nemesis is a computer or artificial intelligence like "What are Little Girls Made Of?," "A Taste of Armageddon," "Return of the Archons," "I, Mudd," and "The Ultimate Computer."

Today, we see computers and artificial intelligence as tools and property, which have no rights. Will humanity eventually be able to accept that it can create artificial life and see to it that they get the recognition of rights under law? This is a question asked by both the Next Generation episode "The Measure of a Man" and the Voyager episode "Author, Author."

ninjaman dragonslayer says:

Ahh I remember dial up aol lol

Sky Darmos says:

Artificial intelligence is not possible. It is utterly naive to think consciousness is just a side effect of algorithms.

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