October 3, 2018
I do not believe AI in the true sense will ever exist.
However, a direct neural interface between man and computer will exist.
I don’t know what you’re supposed to do about that – you can’t stop it from happening. Our society should be having a discussion about what we are going to do with this technology, instead we are talking about gender pronouns and Russian hackers.
A team of scientists has created a device which allows human beings to cooperate while playing a game using only their thoughts. While the technology is still in its infancy, the potential applications are astounding.
“We present BrainNet which, to our knowledge, is the first multi-person non-invasive direct brain-to-brain interface for collaborative problem solving,” the joint team from the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University wrote in a pre-publication release.
The three-way neural connection, called BrainNet, operates using two devices: two electroencephalograms (EEGs) transmit the ‘senders’ instructions to the ‘receiver’ who wears a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Using these devices the three participants could share their thoughts and cooperate to play a Tetris-style video game together, as one. Hardly a mind-bending task but the technology is still in development.
The two ‘senders’ were connected to the EEGs and asked to play a Tetris-style game and decide whether each new block needed to be rotated or not. Their decisions were then sent to the ‘receiver’ via the TMS cap.
The ‘senders’ could also relay feedback about whether the receiver had understood the telepathic instructions correctly or not.
In turn, ‘Receivers’ were also able to make judgement calls, based entirely on brain communications, as to which of the senders was more reliable. Across five different trios the researchers managed to elicit an average accuracy of 81 percent.
While the current system is limited to one ‘bit’ or flash of data at a time, all new technology has to start somewhere; humanity has come a long way from decoding a series of taps in morse code to instant worldwide voice, video and data communication to anywhere on the planet where both sender and receive have a decent enough internet connection.
This is happening.
Sexbots are happening, artificial wombs are happening. Human genetic engineering is happening.
And though I don’t personally believe genuine AI will happen, it might. No one has any real idea.
All of this stuff is coming up very, very quickly – and again, there is zero discussion of what any of it means.
The only people having the discussion are lunatics, having it on completely dishonest terms. But that is just due to the fact that it is lunatics communicating between one another.
The entire culture should be engaged in a discussion about what these technologies mean for the future of the earth. The fact that it isn’t happening tells you a lot. It tells you that it is purposefully being avoided, because it obviously would be talked about by default in any logical or reasonable society.