Squared and framed
On a nail
Squared and framed
On a nail
A man and woman sat at a kitchen table together drinking and smoking.
“Pass me the lighter, please,” she said. “Thank you.”
She lit a cigarette and exhaled a large cloud of smoke that swirled in the dim light hanging from the ceiling above the table. The room was painted a yellow that was more upsetting than uplifting. Boxes of cereal cluttered the top of the fridge. An ashtray sat center of the table, filled with ash and butts. To the right of the ashtray was a copy of H.G. Wells’ Time Machine.
“How many have you had tonight?” he asked.
“Drinks or smokes?”
“Both?” he questioned.
“Why don’t you tell me since you’ve been fixated on keeping count all night and I lost it a while ago.”
“You shouldn’t smoke so much,” he replied as he poured himself a glass of whiskey.
An ad for chewing gum blared on a television in the background. It was a young man sitting at a table nervously shaking his leg, presumably waiting for someone. Probably a date. He pulled out a stick of gum and put it in his mouth. A tidal wave of fresh water came out of no where and drenched him. A woman in a short skirt and high heels walked by him and lent her hand to him and the two walked out.
“And you shouldn’t drink so much,” she pressed back.
“I’m tall. It’s different.”
“You all say that.”
“Say what?” he asked.
“Well, it is. That’s just the nature of it.”
“The nature of it?”
“Yes. We’re different, men.”
“Well, sure. You’re quite less intelligent.”
“I mean biologically, we’re different. Look, I’m just saying it’s going to take a lot of anything before it effects me, that’s all.”
“Of course. And I’m just a little woman who shouldn’t drink too much or smoke too much because it will effect me differently.”
“You make it sound mean spirited.”
“Oh no, I get it,” she said, nodding her head up and down while rotating the wine glass clutched in her right hand in a counter-clockwise motion.
“You’re mad,” he replied.
She finished her glass of wine in a slow tilt of hear head backwards.
“It’s like a re-sale value, right?,” she asked. “If you were a car it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been driven, in fact the more times the better for you, your value goes up. But not me. Say I was. No. Mine goes down each time I’ve been driven.”
He lit a cigarette now.
“Welcome back to The Bachelor,” the TV blared. “We are down to just two contestants, both of whom have won over the heart of our bachelor, but one will have to pack her bags at the end of tonight and head home. Stay tuned to find out who.”
“Well, when you buy a car how many drivers would you want to have driven the car before you bought it?,” he asked.
“I could care less, as long as it was taken care of and not damaged,” she replied pouring herself a glass of wine. “Besides,” she added. “What do you know about cars anyways?”
“As much as I need to.”
“You’re probably one of those guys who gets behind the wheel and floors it before letting the engine warm up. You have to take it slow first, let the oil grease the pistons.”
“I drive just fine, thank you,” he replied.
“You’re in no shape to drive now.”
“I’m fine, really I am.”
The woman got up from the table and began to walk down the hall heading towards her bedroom.
“I can smell your whiskey breath from here,” she replied.
A few hours later, the man rose from bed, dressed, and left the apartment. While she slept, he drove.
I’ve been wanting to write out about artificial intelligence (AI) for a while now and this brief article barely even gets at the cusp of it, but I keep reading about it so I felt compelled to write something about it. And I want to scare some people whom maybe know nothing about it, like my parents, who of course probably deem my discussion of it as another deranged rant from a liberal arts college student.
Well, I remember hearing about AI a while back ago and thinking, ‘this is nothing I’ll see in my lifetime’—but I couldn’t of been more wrong.
Super smart science people are saying we could see computers with the processing power of the human brain by 2025. So, perfect—I will live to see them! And be slaughtered by them!
Because that is my initial thought—that these things will turn on us and kill us. I don’t know if I really believe that, but it is the first thing I think of when I hear about this stuff. I mean look at this thing:
Wildcat, a product of Boston Dynamics, runs faster than a Division 1 100 meter sprinter. But in all seriousness my paranoria isn’t that crazy, is it?
To answer this we first need to understand what exactly AI is being created to do.
In short, it’s being created to do everything a human can, but better—A LOT better. Like no errors ever better. And the idea is to improve upon everything we humans do. AI is being created to solve all our problems (in seconds) and to invent things. Just like we humans have goals, these robots will have goals as well, and they will be working to make advancements in technology, healthcare, commerce, and so on. But they’re robots, and that’s where things get tricky. Unlike robots, humans have free will, compassion, and most likely aren’t going to kill you to make one more paperclip. (Google the paperclip maximizer theory if you want to freak yourself out.)
So are we just creating a much, much bigger problem?
Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, thinks that we are “summoning the demon”. I don’t know what demon, but I don’t think I want any summoned. And he seems to think once this demon of AI is summoned it’s going to enslave us as pets.
Musk shared his thoughts on AI on an interview with StarTalk, stating,”I’m quite worried about artificial super intelligence these days. I think it’s something that’s maybe more dangerous than nuclear weapons. We should be really careful about that. If there was a digital super intelligence that was created that could go into rapid, recursive self improvement in a non logarithmic way, that could reprogram itself to be smarter and iterate really quickly and do that 24 hours a day on millions of computers, then that’s all she wrote.”
He then went on to say the thing about enslaving us as pets but the quote isn’t that great so I left it out.
Okay, so that’s one dude’s opinion.
Bill Nye the Science Guy was sitting in on Musk’s interview and he seems to think Musk needs to chill out.
In reply to Musk’s raving prophesy, Bill stated,”I think people have to keep in mind—computers are so reliable—but somebody is literally or in a sense shoveling the coal. What happens if you unplug the supercomputer or intelligence?”
And to that Musk and his fellow “beware of AI” friends reply that the computers will prevent us from unplugging them.
And the debate goes on and on, back and forth. And both sides have good, valid points. And I think all that really matters is you pay attention to what’s going on because this stuff is sneaking up on us. And maybe it won’t be so bad when it gets here, or maybe it will kill all of us, so if you see Wildcat coming at you, run.
You’ve surely heard of the horrific events that unfolded on Wednesday at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina. But let’s just get one thing clear: Dylann Storm Roof is a racist terrorist.
Not a mentally ill twenty one year old.
Why is it that every time a white male goes on a shooting spree they are almost instantaneously labeled with mental illness? This labeling only works to diminish clear, intrinsic motives. In the case of Roof, racism.
Roof’s blatant racism is so obvious it’s truly appalling Fox News is calling it an “Attack On Faith.”
A person whose Facebook profile picture is them fashioning a jacket with the Rhodesian flag emblazoned is clearly trying to tell you something. They hate black people. And they think blacks should be ruled by white people.
Blessing-Miles Tendi, a lecturer in African history and politics at Oxford, told the Huffington Post that “The Rhodesian flag is important in terms of symbolism, for Rhodesia subscribed to white supremacy. A minority, racist, colonial white settler state subjugated a majority black population in the then Rhodesia for approximately a century.”
Todd Blagett, a former white nationalist record label owner, told the Wall Street Journal that Rhodesian flags are often “sold at National Alliance, Aryan Nation, and Ku Klux Klan events.”
But this was an attack on faith right?
Just ask any of these Republican presidential candidates:
These statements, granted they were released before Roof admitted and disclosed his motives, are unimaginable. NOT the fact something like this could happen like Fox and CNN are saying. Every news station reported that moments before opening fire, he told the congregants he came to “shoot black people.” And these are the statements presidential candidates come out with.
What is their response now that he has admitted to this atrocity and stated he wanted to “start a civil war”?