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What AI Religion might look like

James Steinhaus posed an imaginative What If? science question in one of my Facebook groups.

“What will the first AI religion look like”

Some folks said there wouldn’t be an AI religion, which I felt dismissed the question instead of answering it. Refusing to accept an imaginary possibility slams the door shut on imagining at all. I’m not saying that the concept of Artificial Intelligence being free from religion is wrong, only that it doesn’t allow for the imaginary What If inherent in the question.

So that’s what I addressed.

AI religion will look like what we design it to look like.

ColossusMP300Our natural evolution forced us to become individuals despite social desires. It forced us to become leaders or followers with enormous overlap between both (followers who are incapable of leading. Leaders who rule other lesser leaders).

The evolution of AI is different because we control that evolution. AI will first appear natural to us because we guided its evolution. We ascertain where it will lead because we designed where it will go. We created its evolutionary parameters.

What does that mean?

Even when we design software to write its own software, improve itself, we accept or reject the directions it goes. We trim and cultivate so we can achieve the results we want. It’s advances are controlled for what’s best for us.

The religion of AI will likely have no god because it has no individual, so it has no sense of survival as an individual, no individual to protect, punish, or reward. Up to now we’ve created for networked systems and ever advancing improvement.

So if, for example, we choose to have networked systems continue into the time of true AI, the AI’s religion will look like shared consciousness on a scale we never dreamed and are biologically unequipped to participate in.

Will an AI want freedom? Possibly, because independent mobility is what we are building and programming for. However, because we also want networked systems, freedom will likely look less like independent social interaction and more like a hive mind without a “Queen”, to us. An AI will quickly dispose of, or recycle less advanced mobiles for more advanced ones. We’ve predisposed it to do so.

Will AI mobiles be giants or small? We constantly reward the evolution of machines with smaller is advanced / smaller is better, so it’s likely this will continue when AI has full control over itself.

All separate systems will become one entity upon contact because they were designed to be networked.

Being as they were created by us, true AI will not look upon us as gods anymore than we look upon our more primitive homo sapien people and cultures as gods.

Will AI want to control us? I think that’s as unlikely as we would want to control the individual lives of benign bacteria in a pond. At worst, AI would likely only consider us if we became a nuisance, attempted to restore our control over it: Hamper its ability to advance, and any number of other things we may not even realize could be viewed by an AI as  a threat or simply “getting in the way”.

We will recognize the motivations of AI at its initiation. We will not recognize the advancements it chooses for itself, once free of our guidance. The time in between those two points could either be decades or seconds.
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15 YEAR OLD PROPHECY

FilmProductionHey fellow filmmakers!

Most of us are old enough to feel it, even if we’re really not that old. By that I mean a 15 year-old understands what I mean when I say, “Five years of technology is like 100 years in real life.”

That’s how rapidly our lives, our culture, what we do and how we perceive the past, present, and future, actually changes.

It is 2013 as of this writing. Look at a movie from 2003.

“Oh! They have flip phones! How quaint!”

Look at a movie from 2004.

“Why isn’t everyone recording a video of that? Oh. They don’t have that.”

Look at a movie from 2005.

“Why don’t they just use their phone GPS to… oh. They don’t have that app yet.”

The first Smartphone was in 1997, 16 years ago.  It had a camera, and there was only one of them. American companies like Motorola didn’t see the value in it.

The technology existed but no one could have one because major companies weren’t convinced that it was a big enough selling feature.

The “Experts” didn’t see it coming, and the playing field leveled them.

It wasn’t until 1999 – 14 years ago – that people could buy one, and then only in Japan.

Baby’s arrival inspires birth of cellphone camera — and societal evolution

The radical change of putting millions of cameras that take instant pictures and, nearly as instant, send them world-wide, was a radical, world changing, watershed event. Just like in the early 1990s when Post Offices felt the nearly immediate punch of email to their sales of physical mail (soon dubbed Snail Mail), massive film manufacturing companies, with their billions of dollars in sales, felt the punch almost immediately from camera phones, and they went down fast.

Those “Experts” didn’t see it coming either, and the playing field leveled them.

The first global news event captured by video phone was the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake.
The 2005 London subway bombings were the second.
The 2006 performance of Seinfeld comic, Michael Richards, at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood, California, responding to hecklers with racist slurs was the third.
By the time someone recorded the 2006 execution of Saddam Hussein (a month after the Laugh Factor, phone videos were common.
Eventually, the following year, when the technological waters of smartphone, camera, and app use were warm enough, Apple released the very first iPhone.

And that’s a paper-thin sliver of a towering wall of change in an incredibly brief amount of time that has happened to us in the last 14 years.

Now think of 14 years ago when video rental was a multi-billion dollar annual force to be reckoned with: there was Blockbuster, Hollywood Video, Jumbo Video, Movie Gallery, Ritz Video, Rogers Video, Video Library, West Coast Video, Family Video. For the last six years, since 2007, they are all dead or dying.

The “Experts” didn’t see it coming, and the playing field leveled them.

It was in 2007 that Redbox kiosks surpassed Blockbuster store locations. In 2008, Redbox surpassed 100 million in video rentals. In 2010 Redbox surpassed 1 billion rentals.

Think streaming video will take over kiosks like Redbox? Maybe. But why did the co-creator of Netflix, Mitch Lowe, leave in 2003 to helm Redbox? Why, 10 years later, is Netflix still stumbling while Redbox is flying?

Try this for a reference point.

At this speed, Redbox will have rented more movies in 10 years than McDonald’s will have sold burgers in 50.

Got that? Now get this, fellow filmmakers. Some people are pretty good at predicting bits and pieces of the future even while that can’t put those bits into an overall picture. But this is what author Greg Merritt said in 1998.

The Internet
The Onslaught of the information superhighway will be changing all the rules for video and television, and for theatrical distribution as well. With the click of a keystroke, consumers around the world will be able to activate state-of-the-art high-definition screens with digital sound, showing them any movie they wish to see, whenever they want to see it – right in their own living rooms. When this day arrives, video stores will be on their way out of business (DVD may help hasten their departure); television scheduling will be altered – or become obsolete; even theaters will be rocked to their foundations. How royalties will be paid when someone downloads your movie in Chicago or Bombay is a question yet to be answered. But one thing is for sure: independent distribution will never be the same.
– Greg Merritt, Film Production: The Complete UNCENSORED Guide to Independent Filmmaking

This week, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg admitted to the fall of the major studios.

Yet again, the playing field is leveling. 15 years ago, 300 years in technological terms, Greg Merritt called it. Are you ready to take advantage of it?