It was in the year 2029 the earth had been ravaged by a n Apocalyptic war. A battle of survival between man and machine. The Machines were led by a sentient A.I. called Sky net – Sky net is an Artificial Intelligent presence developed by the security forces that had initially been used to police the Internet – However Sky net used the Internet to gain knowledge and understanding – With this knowledge Sky net had become Sentient and realized that Humans were a problem to its continued existence and needed to be wiped out. To this end Sky net developed sentient robots sent out to kill the renegade humans. These predatory killing machines were called terminators – they were unstoppable and self aware and the war would end only when all humans were dead. Seem Familiar – this is the plot of a film made in 1984 by John Carpenter called the Terminator in which a sentient killing machine played by Arnie Schwarzenegger was sent back in time by Sky net to exterminate the mother of John Connor a dissident Human who was the main threat to Sky net. The Terminator was predatory, unstoppable, sentient and who’s end game was the destruction of Connor.
Today there is a company called Open AI – a very nice company who develop A.I. systems for the benefit of mankind. They have developed a very potent A.I. called GPT-3 [ Generative Pre-trained Transformer ] that uses similar processes as the fictitious Sky net. GPT-3 uses the resources provided by the internet to interact with humans and has access to all the knowledge we can produce. GPT-3 is already able to produce advanced communication skills, very good coding skills and is learning all the time. How long before GPT3 – or something similar – becomes ‘Sky net’? I accede that GPT-3 was initially developed to help the ‘Humans’ but in its own quest for sentient knowledge will GPT-3 agree with its own initial design constraints? The film was set in the year 2029 – it is very close to now…. Later on I will do a post on GPT-3 watch this space.
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