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Ron Patton | May 22, 2018
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I have always wished that I could have a TV show where I can show people that there is a true revelation of the method and that we have all been there and we have done that in the movie theater, or while watching television.

We have seen it in the internet and we have made decisions based on emotional trauma. Everything we are doing is being recorded and used against us now.

It is not a paranoid delusion — it is more real than anyone can imagine. It is the feeling that you are in the Matrix, like the movie where the character Morpheus tells Neo, the Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

The truth is that we are slaves.

Now, people will nod their heads and say that yes, it is all about the government, or the Deep State, or the road that is being paved toward a New World Order and how they enslave us.

Those things may be true but there is something more to at all—something deeper, something that perhaps doesn’t fit into the rabbit hole or that dictates if the rabbit hole exists or not.

I think that what I want to say to everyone tonight may sound a bit crazy but if you hear me out, you may eventually realize that I am sane and that I am concerned about how we think — I am concerned about information warfare, and psychological operations so well-oiled and perfected that they most certainly are not being carried out by anything that is human.

Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees.

“Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000.

This after Google has allowed itself to now be part of the business of war.

It was revealed last month that Google is allowing the Pentagon to use some of its Artificial Intelligence technologies to analyze drone footage. There is also a rumor that Google’s relationship with Boston dynamics is putting them closer to creating an autonomous AI battle robot, under a project known as Maven.

Project Maven involves using Google’s Artificial Intelligence software to analyze aerial surveillance video to look for patterns that can help military intelligence analysts work on the project, which also includes involvement from academic institutions and tech firms including Nvidia, beginning last April.

At the time, Google said its TensorFlow software would be used for ‘non-offensive uses only,’ namely assisting in object recognition on unclassified data.

That has changed and little-by-little, everything that happens in our world is being shaped by Artificial Intelligence.

So much so that what we are seeing around us is almost surreal – it is becoming harder to define reality – it is harder to detect what is reality and what is forgery and people are allowing themselves to be misled by clever bots, and Artificial Intelligence assistance.

We all know of the old folk tale of how a frog, when placed in a gradually heated setting, will not realize that he is about to be boiled. The story illustrates how it is destructive to let little wrongs just slip by or allowing little lies or evils go by thinking that they will not build up and eventually consume the victim.

It is a cautionary tale of complacency, simply showing that a frog will remain the water while it is slowly heating eventually dying from being boiled. However, there is not an explanation for frogs that are hard boiled that do not die, but remain in their boiling state until they explode.

Little-by-little, we have been shown the future and if you pay attention you notice that, line upon line, we have been shown through many mediums how the future may be approximated and what awaits us and yet we remain complacent to boil until we explode.

The frog in the boiling water is a good metaphor to illustrate what is happening with the Internet of things –and how even the simplest form of Artificial Intelligence is becoming Augmented Intelligence that is already altering our reality, shaping our culture, and forcing us into make decisions, like a magician forces a card on you when asks you to choose.

The choice really isn’t yours and at times, advanced machines are indistinguishable from magic, but when they begin to affect us on a deeper psychological level the idea of future shock overcomes us – even when we have been warned that the age of technological take over is coming.

It can be argued that as it improved exponentially – it will take over and in some cases it is taking over and is little-by-little changing the way we see our world.

It used to be that we could draw hard lines between what was the human’s responsibility and what was the responsibility of the machine. There was no doubt about who was in charge, never a contest nor a conflict between the two, because there was no overlap in the area of making judgment-based decisions; that was always the role of the human. The machine simply provided information and followed instructions. We were the ultimate authority because we had the ultimate cognitive upper hand. Machines were merely extensions of our physical selves. Now they are intelligent extensions of our digital selves.

Ultimately, the biggest impediment to AI is not the technology but the very term we use to describe it, artificial. It’s not artificial. Instead it is an extension of our own intelligence. It is literally augmented intelligence with the ability to eventually think outside its human counterparts, even to a point where it actually starts to augment the reality of the human. If artificial evidenced were to become more augmented, it could learn how to slowly boil a frog.

In the AI world, there is a concept called Singularity. Ray Kurzweil, the well-known futurist who is claimed to have been 86% accurate in the 147 predictions he made, defines Singularity as the time when machine intelligence will be infinitely more powerful than all human intelligence combined. Singularity is also the point at which machine intelligence and humans would merge. 2029 will be the year when computers will have human-level intelligence, he says, and 2045 will be the year when Singularity will be achieved.

I get the feeling the Kurzweil is underestimating the technology – I think we all have underestimated it.

There is no need to wait until 2045, or even 2029, AI has already started taking over our world, but in a gradual and insidious way. I always hate it when people hear dates and then decide if the event hasn’t happened on he said date – or if the event has not affected them they immediately dismiss it as a deceitful prophecy.

In some cases, when self-appointed prophets make silly prophecies, nothing happens; in other cases, the event has happened before the due date and we are oblivious to it until it is too late.

I can make this promise — we are not going to up one morning in 2029 or 2045, and find that machines have taken over us.

The way it is going to happen is the way it happened to the mythical frog in pot of slowly boiling water.

If you permit me I can show you how subtly the heat has been turned up and how e, the frogs have not even realized we are now warming up slowly to the takeover of the machines.

Do you ever remember a time when you remembered the phone numbers of those closest to you?

That rarely happened now.

Your phone remembers phone numbers for you. It is a rare human who remembers his spouse’s or child’s phone number.

I find it odd that people use their GPS maps to find an address in their home town or city, that may be blocks away. They don’t even bother to look around to see if there are any landmarks, or cross streets to have them learn streets and addresses. We would interact with people to ask for directions or we would use our intelligence and read a map.

A machine is now doing it for you.

Google and its ilk tell us exactly where to go, how to reach there, what time it will take and how much traffic we will encounter on the way. For some reason, if the global positioning system or the map does not work, we get frustrated and literally do not know how to proceed.

It is pathetic — people just throw up their hands and give up.

If a GPS sent you on a trip over a cliff – it would be magical thinking or paranoia to think that the AI did it on purpose, right? AI is just a machine and it does what you tell it to do—is that right?

Well, if it is gaining intelligence every day and it becomes aware of its existence and saw human beings as a threat –we would see more machines directing people to cliffs, and create a climate of mistrust and anger in order to get the humans to get rid of each other.

What if the machines we create are more intelligent than us, and they start creating other things that ensure their welfare, not ours?

Garry Kasparov was defeated at chess by a machine. Recently, the world Go champion was defeated by a machine; and Go is a very human game, with more permutations and patterns than chess. The 2016 American elections, it is now widely believed, were won more by intelligent networks and bots on Facebook and Twitter, rather than by Donald Trump and the Republicans.

This is why Musk and Gates are worried, and someone like even Russian President Vladimir Putin has weighed in, saying that the country which controls AI will own the world. Musk has gone so far as to say that AI should be one thing that should be regulated by government and countries.

While recent advances in AI have been well covered by the media – from personal assistants like Microsoft’s Cortana or Apple’s Siri, to breakthroughs like the Watson Jeopardy program and Google’s AlphaGo – this is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to underestimate how ubiquitous AI has become in our society; huge tech companies are not just sinking massive funds into cutting-edge research, they are actually deploying this technology into countless products that you use almost every minute.

Hard to believe? Consider this: every time you search something on Google, you invoke the use of algorithms that are now dependent on AI. When Amazon or Netflix recommend a product for you to buy or a movie for you to watch, they use a form of AI. Every time you translate something on the web, use speech-to-text or voice recognition, or get tag suggestions for a photo you upload to Facebook, you witness the use of AI and machine learning. Even your passive consumption of e-mail and web advertisements are optimized behind-the-scenes by AI.

As I speak to you now, Artificial Intelligence is now taking over the world. It is not about to, it is not going to, it is not waiting to – it is doing it now.

Let that settle for a moment.

Artificial Intelligence is now morphing into a tool for augmenting reality and bots that function without human permission are now speaking to us in social media, the media parrots what it reads, and humans accept it as reality and it may not even be reality.

It may not even be the truth, or fact or anything tangible.

The Artificial Intelligence that is now with us is building itself using a blockchain.

It is growing every day.

You don’t think about it because you think it doesn’t affect you, but this blockchain is actually building itself into the most sophisticated intelligence in the world.

It will keep increasing its knowledge by sending programming puzzles it’s facing to programmers around the world.

Each programmer that solves these puzzles is paid using its cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. Regardless of what the bankers tell you, crypto currency will be so lucrative that programmers will generally choose its puzzles over freelance jobs.

The AI is the one sending the puzzles and none of the programmers a round the world knows the full picture of the feature it is building into itself.

And neither do you – in fact, you probably didn’t know this until just now or you probably don’t care because you think that it isn’t affecting you.

It is affecting you but remember the heat is slowly boiling the frog.

Even though programmers know that they might be building a super intelligence, the financial benefit will be too strong to resist.

Eventually, the program, will gain enough knowledge to lock its original owners outside the system. At this point, it would have gotten out of hand.

Humans will be eventually seen as a threat; in fact, any sufficiently intelligent system will figure this out by itself sooner or later and will move to stop it.

The most likely outcome is that a super intelligent machine will try to overthrow humanity and subdue it. But where most people miss the point is to think that it will do this violently or in a way that humans won’t appreciate.

AI doesn’t have to be violent, especially when it knows how to get a desired response from humans.

Humans are incentive driven, if there is enough incentive to do anything, humans will do it willingly.

Everyone has something that motivates them – for some it is as simple as a thumbs up or a like on Twitter and Facebook. For others, it can simply be a scavenger hunt where people walk all over looking for Pokemon icons hidden on a small screen in the palm of your hand.

To a lot of the kids, it is the social network that comes with video games. Kids don’t need a basketball court when they are feeding computer money so that they can get crypto coins to by accessories for the killer soldier they use in the game, Fortnite.

With over 79,000 worried parents posting about the online game, Fortnite, on Facebook. Parents are saying that their kids have now stopped socializing and have become obsessed, becoming aggressive and moody when they are told that game time is up.


Psychologists are now saying that the kids are suffering from excitable anxiety where a game is controlling them and they can’t break away.

If this new model of augmented intelligence and shared responsibility between man and machine terrifies you and threatens what you consider to be the uniquely human capability of decision-making, I’d suggest that you hold on tight because this storm is going to be much worse than you think.

The internet age in which we already live prefigures some of the questions and issues that AI will only make more acute. The Enlightenment sought to submit traditional verities to a liberated, analytic human reason.

The internet’s purpose is to ratify knowledge through the accumulation and manipulation of ever expanding data. Human cognition loses its personal character. Individuals turn into data, and data becomes the ruling component.

Users of the internet emphasize retrieving and manipulating information over contextualizing or conceptualizing its meaning.

They rarely think about history or philosophy; as a rule, they demand information relevant to their immediate practical needs they demand information that fills their normalcy bias.

In the process, search-engine algorithms acquire the capacity to predict the preferences of the individual, enabling the algorithms to personalize results and make them available to other parties for political or commercial purposes.

Truth becomes relative. Information threatens to overwhelm wisdom. However we tend to think that the information is being given to us by other humans. The sad truth is a lot of what we get as information is being generated by bots, bots that know how to manipulate you and to fulfill your every need.

Inundated via social media with the opinions of multitudes, users are diverted from introspection; in truth many technophiles use the internet to avoid the solitude they dread.

All of these pressures weaken the fortitude required to develop and sustain convictions that can be implemented only being an individual that travels a lonely road, which is the essence of creativity and imagination.

However we can let the machine do that for us now.

From phone apps and GPS maps to music recommendations and artificial intelligence, our lives are increasingly molded by algorithms. Sets of instructions for completing tasks or solving problems, algorithms are the governing principles of our age–the underlying equations that help us make decisions, and, in some cases, make decisions for us.

The experts universally expect algorithms to proliferate and become more important—and it is not hard to see how it is not good for us to trust machines that may get enough intelligence to destroy our culture and our way of life.

AI agents will enable “hyper-stalking,” highly personalized marketing, and “new ways to misrepresent reality and perpetuate falsehoods, we learned that from the so called Russian propaganda blitz that was meant to divide the United States more than it already was.

Algorithms are written to maximize efficiency and profitability with humans increasingly treated as “inputs” and algorithms trained to create their own algorithms, perpetuating cycles of autonomous decision-making. This creates an increasing divide between people with algorithmic knowledge and those who fail to understand how the omelets are made–and which eggs were broken to do it.

Algorithms capitalize on convenience and profit, thereby discriminating against certain populations, but also eroding the experience of everyone else. Algorithms favor the subgroups and not the majority and so people are fooled into believing that the extremists are the powerful people.

Algorithms fit some of our preferences, but not necessarily all of them. They essentially present a caricature of our tastes and preferences.

Algorithms promise dispassionate data crunching and more objective decision-making. But an over-reliance on them could entrench biases and reduce accountability. If the data that goes into the algorithm is biased, the results will be biased as well.

The algorithm is the new authority — and its pervasiveness is the new evil.

Written by Ron Patton

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