Howto: avoid killer robots from the future…

* this is a work in progress. I’ll likely refine my thought a little better, but the general construct is laid out. It may change drastically or very little, as I continue researching…

We have to protect ourselves by learning to avoid killer robots from the future. This tinhat tangential rambling will outline some basic steps and concepts to keep you alive after the advent of the Technology Singularity.

Shit! We don’t have much time to affect a change(s), so let’s get started.

AI is learning at a feverish pitch: Faster CPU’s to run comparison algorithms for image categorization and EXIF tagging; larger storage devices to hold very high definition files and videos; faster memory, GPUs, network, CODECs, more efficient code, etc…

Have you ever logged into FriendFace to scan recent events with friends and family, upload a picture or two from a party to share with friends and associates, and maybe even highlight a face in a picture and tagging it with someone’s name?

Or perhaps you’ve confirmed that you are a human by answering a question a robot couldn’t understand like reading some swirly text?

You’ve inadvertently been teaching a program:

  • To interpret an array of color pixels = person known by a specific, located at a specific geo IP location and known associate of other humans.
  •  To interpret visually obscured information based on previous experience

What are we teaching AI? Really, what are we teaching the progenitor of our future robot overlords?

  • visual recognition – spatial image and object recognition
  • object avoidance – follow the lines on the road while avoiding obstacles.
  • balance – walk as a bipedal organism, within their environment. While carrying a heavy load
  • classify – vehicle, animal, organic, inorganic; put everything into a category
  • efficiency – do this menial task, using the fewest moves
  • Recognize familial and work connection based on Geo IP, meta tagging, basic user info from cookies

    There are countless variation of tasks that are being taught AI, and yet there are a few (glaringly important IMHO) things we are not teaching:

    The Arts – its a big category, but it’s the one category of “things” that humans do that other creatures have not yet demonstrated.  Physical expression thru drawing, painting or sculpture; Temporal expression thru the performing arts, music, and dance. Vision, audition, gustation, olfaction and somatosensation are the receptors for expression. We should teach computers to dance and sing, paint, even recite Shakespeare. Even if they won’t understand the value of the arts, an elegantly programmed gesture (nod, tip o hat), a graceful dance step to avoid a hallway collision, or a contextually relevant Shakespearean quote will make robots easier to accept. Programming the Arts into basic protocols might help robots avoid the uncanny valley by giving them a little humanity.

    Nurture and Compassion- There are already surgical robots, but after surgeries, and with an ever increasing population, nursing robots will become a huge demand… especially in negative population  growth rate countries. Having a robot that can collect data and perform important tasks: blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, pain level, drug dispensary,  might not by itself teach nurturing. Again a simple gesture like stroking a hand or pushing a lock of hair away from the eyes might be the small things we teach our android caretakers and babysitters.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:W._Eugene_Smith_-_Tomoko_Uemura_in_Her_Bath.jpg#mw-jump-to-license


    Passion and Love – the strong and uncontrollable desire to achieve an accomplishment, a sense of satisfaction for achieving a goal… and the desire to share with the accomplishment with another that you have a strong affection, these are poor definitions of passion and love, yet as humans we need them. I can’t imagine how these can be programmed into a robot, but we should challenge ourselves to try to figure out how to express these concepts, and imbibe our artificial descendants.
    Perhaps the sex robot is the gateway to putting many of these concepts together, a crossroads where technology and human user interface meet…

    ARD kickstart

    my brain cell is overloaded, i can never remember this.

    from apples’ support page, here’s how to blow ARD access wide open:

    sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -allowAccessFor -allUsers -privs -all -clientopts -setmenuextra -menuextra yes

    of course one should lock down access to secure a system, but sometimes when you’re trying to resolve an issue remotely, it’s best to open things up completely, and remove functionality to achieve the proper security…

    Interactive Vim tutorial

    Every new Linux user should learn vi… simple/basic editing in vi:
    open an existing file
    create a new file
    save a file
    save a file as a different name
    undo a change
    cancel saving a file.

    this isn’t a vi versus Emacs position, it’s common sense.
    vi is installed as a default editor in almost every UNIX-variant.

    Dr Taylor has one of the best documents to discuss the devils’ text editor:
    Unix is a Four Letter Word… and Vi is a Two Letter Abbreviation

    Source: Interactive Vim tutorial

    Lorem Ipsum

    Need some dummy text while roughing out a design?This will general Pulp Fiction/Jules text for you. http://slipsum.com

    got os x? open up a terminal and paste this:

    curl -s https://baconipsum.com/api/?type=all-meat |say

    Or go to the site to generate the text when mocking up your page layout https://baconipsum.com

     

    AI might be better at playing Angry Birds then humans in the next 7 years

    This academic paper is basically a road map to show our robot overlords (or evil scientists) what is required to eliminate humans. Some milestone tasks are likely quickly achieved, such as learning how to play Angry Birds better then a human, which is a virtual achievement(all in software), where as others are a bit more difficult to achieve, such as beating a human in a bipedal 5k race(software and hardware, balance, stereoscopic vision, image recognition, etc).  Curious that AI researchers have the longest viability in the human job market…

    The 2 most interesting section of the paper are in the Supplementary Tables, specifically S5: Description of AI Milestones, and curiously S3: Demographic differences between respondents and non-respondents, show most of the respondents(90+%) were male. Unfortunate for the respondents, AI based sex skills are not listed in the AI milestone list.

    When Will AI Exceed Human Performance? Evidence from AI Experts

    Zoom and enhance!

    We’ve seen this in movies and cop show…

    The fuzzy surveillance camera capture a perp in the commission of a crime, and the detective asks the IT guy to zoom in to a certain area and enhance the picture. The result is a sharp image that without a doubt identifies the perp, and off they go to catch the criminal…

    Working with digital images, you soon learn that zooming in on an image will eventually show you the actual pixels, and increasing the resolution/pixels doesn’t add any detail, it only increases the number of pixels that were formerly represented by a single pixel. Granted there are image manipulation techniques to blend/soften/sharpen/edge detect to enhance an image, but never to the level of the fiction we’ve been exposed to.

    That is, until google brain. This AI algorithm attempts to (intelligently) guess what detail to put into place when increasing the pixels. This is actually a super interesting application of AI, but also scary ass shit.

    An immediate application that comes to mind  would be for improving the quality of surveillance photos and videos. But what if the AI gets it wrong? Would the enhanced image be admissible in court? Maybe the enhancement was 90% accurate, but it wasn’t you but your doppelgänger?

    I’m sure with with testing and practice, AI enhancement algorithms will get more accurate… but where do we draw the line? Eye witness accuracy is fallible. AI Enhanced photography could have similar failure rates as well.

    Slingshots!!!

    slingshots are cool.

    Not the sling (David used a sling to defeat Goliath), but a truly modern tool: a hybrid of modern materials and primitive technology. It’s more like a catapult, yet it’s design is pretty basic and similar across the various iterations. but check out some of these designs… retro cool, useful, cool idea (but stupid execution), stupid idea (but cool looking). not something that shows up on the radar frequently, but when it does, it’s neat to go down the rabbit hole…

    For the record, I think the scout2 from simple-shot.com is a nice slingshot.

    Linux File System Hierarchy

    it’s alway nice to see an infographic for file systems, like on this site.

    YMMV based on distro, FHS foundation specifications found here.

    My mind couldn’t simulate a convincing internet experience…

    Dreams have the ability to simulate life experiences and mental states, but sometimes it falls flat on its face.

    I can’t recall how the dream started… but someone, Bob, that I worked with years ago was involved,  and a conflict resolution event occurred in the form of hailing a taxi, arriving at our destination and exiting the taxi and getting all the luggage took place.

    Once we got settled with the taxi, we’re standing on a street corner talking, and Bob comments on a hat that a Japanese woman is wearing. It’s brimmed sun hat of sorts. The woman overhears our conversation and tells us “it’s a Japanese hat gourd hat. It’s a hat made from from the Japanese hat gourd, and is literally shaped like a hat.”

    We’re really interested in this, so we start to google for more info. While I’m browsing for results, I can’t get over the weird music and strange search interface. The more I try to make sense of it, the more bizarre it becomes until I wake up.

    My brain couldn’t simulate a convincing internet search experience, so its haphazard attempt created a situation that resulted in my brain rejected the scenario.