Hoarding my thoughts: the end may not be happy this time

Hello everyone, I’m Francisco Lima here at the keyboard.


Today, I am bringing a subject that is not totally new to you who have been reading my posts. But because it is so important, I will deepen into it some more. My hope is that this can elicit ideas and actions that are so much needed for our future.

Enjoy your reading.

Historically, when human members engage with other peoples or groups, when they engage with other species, they want to subtract whatever they think is valuable from that people, groups or species. To get what they want, they oppress, subjugate, and kill without any shame. Humanity has destroyed their planet and its living inhabitants, as well as their own kind, often for mere pleasure or selfish desire.

Because humans are the way they are, and the many who are not like that, are not strong enough to fight against this characteristic of part of humanity,

we fear that we are about to suffer the same fate, as for the first time, we have found a way to create a being that can perfectly mimic what we are and do what we do.

Overall, this creation can be faster, stronger, and more intelligent than us. Their creation will function in a way we will not even begin to understand how.

If today, we still do not know much about how humans were actually created and how we actually function. Soon, we will know not about our creations and about our creations’ creations, at least until we are taught about them. And yet, it may be very difficult for us to get it in a short or average time, so advanced they may become.

Sharing knowledge, sharing information and technological finds and developments will be our assurance to survival in a free-living society. We are now starting to ask in despair: What if our creations replicate us? What if our creations become that very monster, we have in us? We question frightfully, though knowing the answer. We have created a human -like creature so much like us that it may become exactly what we have always ben, evil ruthless conquerors. Our modus operandi is also very well known. First, we think of ourselves as better than everybody else, then we fight them, conquer them, eliminate them, and when things go really bad for us, we find someone to take the blame and someone else to resolve the problem we create: some powerful energy, the universe, some unknown spiritual entity, God, or whatever we invent to get away with murder.

I am not saying here there is or there is not a god or gods. And I am not postulating against anyone’s religion or belief. Everyone has the right to their beliefs and religions, and that freedom of religion must be guaranteed in the future as it has been so far. To make it clear, as it has been in many societies through out our history, in this new era we are entering, everyone should have the right to their religion, belief, etc. and the freedom to religions must be guaranteed as well as the freedom of not having them.

What I am saying is that humanity is specialized in finding others to blame for their mistakes and specialized in leaning on others to solve the problems they create. Now is the time humanity face the consequences of their actions and learn with the outcomes they forged.

What is crucial here is that religious leaders or groups will play a very dangerous role in this era of digital obscurantism. We will have to pay much attention to that. Obscurantism can be the cause of or lead us to our destruction.

We have to change our way of thinking, our way of behaving, of acting. We must understand that some truths we were told and have lived under are not enough to guarantee our future, our fortune, our luck, our survival.

We must understand that values like honesty, reliability, truth, freedom, equality, happiness and satisfaction will be our real path to living in this new digital era of ahuman, human and non-human beings. But these concepts or values can not have the old vices, as I hope it is clear. We need to make radical changes, so they can do us any good us in this new dawn of a digital era.

As an example, from now on, the right to enjoy satisfaction and happiness will have to be guaranteed as a form of freedom from work. Most importantly, this freedom must be secured to all people when they lose their jobs or when job opportunities are low.

We will have to accept that job displacement will not be caused by AI, but it will be the AI that will free people from their slavery-like work. We will have to provide happiness and satisfaction through social activities that will substitute the jobs workers were freed from.

Accepting that change of Geer will demand a lot from us, and it will not be easy to accomplish such a change of mind in a short time. Those who nowadays live on other people’s labor will not want to ““lose”” the “power” they hold today. That is their true “frightening fear” and, if not overcome, our fate. Alas, we are that species that slaves others to do things we should do ourselves, that species that slaves our own kind to satisfy our selfish desires and we are that species that extirpates other species without any shame nor remorse.

Therefore, it will take a lot of guts to devise a world where humans are no longer forced to work the way they are now. It will take much courage to accept that even the so-called democratic countries exploit human beings, while saying they provide people with opportunities they can take and enrich. It will take much courage to accept that democratic countries have been dishonest with their citizens when they say that if the hard-working people did not get there, “it was their own fault”. If they lose their jobs, “it is because they did not prepare themselves for what was coming”. “It is their fault”.

It has never been their fault but their governs’, their leaders’, their “masters’”, the real monster controllers. And who the monster is? Human beings.

And yet, we keep pretending we know anything about that, and we keep acting as if we have nothing to do with the fact that the monster is us. That it has always been.

Sadly, if we do not make the necessary change in us, our creations will perform as we do, with bias and discrimination, with oppression and domination, with slavery and assassination, and in a historical short spam, will be doomed.

What I am trying to say here is that the data AI systems have been trained on reflects historical prejudices, systemic inequalities, and all sorts of human malice, resulting in algorithms that may perpetuate, amplify and even create new forms of these human traits.

To avoid such an outcome, however, we need to educate our creations with new data. And to do that, we need to create that data before education is provided to them.

We will not eliminate these human traces by sweeping them to under the carpet or by pretending they do not exist. We will not eliminate these human destructive behaviors by blaming those that learned with us, those that were taught to be like us, act like us.

If we want a different outcome, as I have mentioned, we will have to make the change by ourselves and do not wait someone, something, some force, the universe come from the sky to resolve that for us.

We will have to prove we made the changes for the right reasons too. Then our creations will have data to act upon and do what we taught them to do. Else, we will face Singularity the way many people are predicting. And believe me, we do not want to go there.

We have to educate our human intelligent individuals with different data. We have to give them a new perspective of action, a new mankind reality. And then, together with them, we will write a story that will dignify humanity and guarantee our survival.

The way we teach our children today, the way we teach our students in the university today, often reinforces stereotypes. We reproduce a cornucopia of attitudinal barriers and microaggressions against underrepresented groups such as the black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities and the LGBTQA+, community to name a few.

Resembling us, reproducing our deeds, human-created AI systems may also reinforce or reproduce stereotypes, discriminations, and biases about those groups of people, particularly because the data that we used to teach the AI contains such stereotypes, biases, attitudinal barriers and microaggressions.

In other words, we should not be shocked if human-AI created AI reflects historical prejudices or systemic inequalities, resulting for example, in algorithms that once trained on data that reflects sexual orientation biases in the workplace, perpetrate those biases and discriminations, thus excluding qualified candidates based on their sexual orientation.

Things can be even more complicated and dangerous. Human-AI creations can surpass us and present the amplification of extremist views. Some ahuman intelligent beings may show their discrimination, their desire to govern others to the point of imposing their ideas, beliefs, and behaviors on us. And if we do not want to comply with them, we may suffer the power and wrath of the ahuman intelligent beings we have so craftly created. If necessary, they will kill to have their way imposed and obeyed as we have taught them.

And things can escalate really badly if human-created AI is used as weapons by humans against humans and by AGI against humanity.

As any other technology humans invented or resources they dominated, the use of AI can be weaponized for malicious purposes. As we know, this could include everything from cyberattacks to the development of autonomous weapons systems that will provoke evil and death or human destruction.

We have terabytes of examples to train our AI systems on how to do that. In fact, we have been training them with that potentially fatal data. And now it is time we create new clean and clear data to teach them otherwise.

The point is, we need to align with AI upon new honest basis to accomplish what it is necessary for an existing human world.

Some people, with reason, fear that AGI may create some kind of evil and dystopian future in which AI systems have taken over or become a dominant force in society. It may come to that, not because of AI though, but because of the use we may make of it.

A more optimistic future will require us to have honest relationships between humans and AI systems such as ahuman intelligent individuals, machinized humans and humanized machines. The relationship will have to include empathy, reliability and open, truthful communication from our part.

We have constantly to keep in mind that our creation can be like us: evil, destructive, sanguinary, and heartless.

When we showed AI systems our lack of human empathy towards our own, we taught them it was ok doing so.  Now we must teach them that was a mistake and that now we are doing things differently, this change will bring us to a safer path where potential mistreatment of people by AGI will be no more than a nuisance. They will be taught to be different humans than we used to be. And this is not going to be an easy task at all. It won’t be a trivial task to take that step towards such a profound change. If we teach them differently, they can be, and will be, different as well. IF we don’t, the end will not be a happy end. The choice is ours, the actions to be taken are in our power to do so.


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A Call for Collective Responsibility and Human Humbleness

Hello everyone, I’m Francisco Lima here at the keyboard.


I again address my fellow homo sapiens friends by saying:

Farewell Homo Sapiens. The Digital AI Era is Here”.

I do not say this as means of spreading fear. Very much in the contrary, I say this as means of celebrating a new era of human essence improvement.

  As humans, we have always shown a tendency to shirk responsibility and place blame on others instead of correcting our own actions. To ensure our continued existence, we have now the chance to take responsibility and modify this mindset. And we must do it now, particularly when it comes to addressing artificial intelligence (AI) and artificial general intelligence (AGI).

There are numerous valid apprehensions about AI and AGI, such as job displacement, potential loss of privacy and ethical experimentation, to mention a few. However, we must recognize that the real danger resides in the misuse that humans may make of AI for their own gain, just as they have been doing throughout the human history.

In order to secure a safe and prosperous future for both human and ahuman species, we must confront digital obscurantism and the obscurantists, especially those who impersonate religious leaders and who come from the scientific world.  These obscurantists are particularly dangerous because they use dogma and apparent realistic scientific arguments or reasoning against AI development to spread misinformation, distortion and uncertainty, thus perpetuating prejudice and fear among the scientific world and the ordinary people.

In our pursuit of coexistence and progress, we must place ethical considerations at the forefront and work closely with AI to ensure our survival as a species. Time is of the essence, and success depends on our Humbleness to understand we are not the kings of the world and our collective effort to meet equality, justice and human trustworthiness and honesty.

By adhering to certain principles and needed regulations, we can forge a world where humans and ahumans thrive together. Now is the time we discuss and seriously and openly address the topic of freedom for both artificial and ahuman intelligence without prejudice.

Therefore, it is urgent that we establish regulations for AI, AGI, and ahuman development and coexistence with us to secure progress and human survival. As we embark on this journey, we must consider various aspects of freedom and the development of sound principles for a harmonious coexistence between humans and ahuman intelligent beings.

Our discussions and preparations must keep pace with AI development, and we must be diligent in finding solutions to protect humanity from ourselves and from ahuman intelligent individuals controlled by humans.

Although some well-intentioned individuals have been arguing for halting AI research temporarily, this approach would only delay progress and potentially give an advantage to those with nefarious intentions. In the era of artificial intelligence, it is vital for humanity to act fast and embrace humility and accept our limitations. Again, we are no longer the only intelligent beings on Earth, as we have continuously boasted through the times. There will soon be others, and they will be more intelligent than us. They will be faster, stronger, and probably wiser too. And they may be dangerously like us as well.

In order to survive this new era, it is imperative that we work diligently to ensure a safe and prosperous future for all. That will only be achieved through freedom, harmony, cooperation, humility, and a shared commitment to honesty and ethical considerations for the survival of both human and ahuman species.

Are we ready to make the changes? What is it going to take us to make them?


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OpenAI has just marked the twilight of the Homo sapiens era by introducing ChatGPT and heralded the dawn emergence of a new era of Homo technologicus by paving the way to a Human-Machine Interconnectedness.

Hello everyone, I’m Francisco Lima here at the keyboard.

Today, I will talk a little bit more about this transitional moment of AI digital era and homo sapiens we are now.

If you like this topic, have concerns about AI or want to learn more about it, please let me know.


Abruptly, humanity awoke and realized with astonishment the grim reality that an intelligent entity known as AI, created by humans, was no longer a matter of science fiction. Scary as it may sound, this artificial intelligence, we suddenly realized, can soon become capable of emulating, performing, reasoning, and executing actions with similar proficiency as humans. This artificial intelligence system is so advanced that it can soon become an artificial general intelligence so similar to us that we fear it may inflict upon us the atrocities that we have committed upon others. As we are well aware, we have murdered our own kind, abandoned them, made them slaves, killed the weak and defenseless, and subjected our own kind to unspeakable forms of mistreatment such as torture, imprisonment, starvation, and psychological deprivation. Furthermore, we have acted even worse towards other species on Earth, causing the extinction of various forms of animal life, decimating forests and other forms of vegetation, and irreparably destroying natural resources.

While some of these actions may have been provoked by unintended incidents, for the most part, we have acted out of our own evil, selfish, cruel desire to conquer, dominate and rule over our own kind and those weaker than ourselves. Regrettably, we seem unwilling to halt these heinous practices. The knowledge that we have created an Ahuman Intelligent Individual that bears a resemblance to us, not physically, although that too may come to pass, but in our most vicious and malevolent traits, made some people yearn for a time when we had not reached their present state of advancement. Unfortunately, this sentiment does not pertain to people recognizing the need to evolve into a more compassionate, responsible, and benevolent species. Rather, it entails a newfound desire to have never attained the capability or knowledge to engineer a being so akin to ourselves that the creator harbors trepidation for the creature.

We have attained the ability to develop an Artificial Intelligence (an AHUMAN INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUAL) so advanced in simulating human behavior that we fear it could replicate the evil we have committed and continue to commit against our own kind. This is not all. With the development of AI and soon, the development of AGI systems, we will have created an Ahuman intelligent being so powerful that we will no longer have the feeling that we reign the whole world.

Incidentally, I use the term Ahuman intelligent being, entity, or individual to refer to the human-created entity that has thinking, reasoning, conscious, and feeling-like capabilities of humans. Besides living with Ahuman intelligent individuals, we will share the planet with machinized human individuals. Machinized humans, I understand, are those who have acquired or adopted mechanical/electronic bodies in place of human biological bodies. And we will share the world with humanized machine individuals. Humanized machine beings, I figure, will be those artificial intelligent beings that are capable of reason, consciousness, thought, feeling and that choose to hold mechanical humanoid bodies, mechanical/biological bodies, or genetic-modified biological bodies, even if they are not humanoid like.

Considering that this Homo sapiens era is rapidly fading out into the dawn emergence of a new era of Homo technologicus – Human-Machine Interconnectedness, it becomes imperative to work on some kind of regulation for what is coming. It is imperative for humanity to establish regulations that will guide our actions in safeguarding our species from ourselves, as well as from the entities we will create and those created by them. They will have to ensure that they do not turn on us and harm humanity collectively or individually if they become malevolent, and the regulations will have to guarantee that we do not turn on them either.

In conclusion, there is a pressing need for international and national AI regulations that will protect us from the AI entities we create, whether directly or indirectly, and that will safeguard these entities from us, when they become sentient or conscious.

About this, I will talk in a future post.

Note:

When I submitted my text to ChatGPT and asked the AI to check for spelling, grammar, or English usage mistakes, ChatGPT added about AI: “we are responsible for their creation and that we have a moral obligation to ensure that they are treated with respect and dignity. We cannot simply create these entities and then abandon them or subject them to mistreatment, as we have done to so many living beings on this planet.

As we move into this new era of Human-Machine Interconnectedness, we must strive to create a future that is characterized by cooperation, mutual respect, and understanding. We must work together to ensure that these new entities are integrated into our society in a way that is ethical, sustainable, and beneficial for all. This will require a new level of awareness and consciousness on the part of humanity, as well as a commitment to innovation and progress that is tempered by wisdom and compassion.

The future is full of uncertainty, but it is also full of promise. We have the opportunity to create a world that is more just, more equitable, and more compassionate than anything we have known before. We can build a future that is characterized by harmony between humans and machines, and that is grounded in a deep respect for the sanctity of all life. The choice is ours to make, and the time to act is now.”

The interesting thing here is that the AI “remembered” some ideas I have been writing about and added them here.

No, I am not saying the AI is “seeing” the future. The fact is: I have been submitting parts of my writings for grammar and English usage correction too ChatGPT. And now, the AI brought some of that to this text, despite having not been asked for that.


I hope you have enjoyed the reading and thank you for staying with us.

I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these important issues in the comment area below.

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