Jan 3, 2022
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The hunt for the terminator

The uncontrolled race to adopt artificial intelligence is a very risky thing

The uproar surrounding an Israeli “spy in a pocket” capable of reading victim’s SMS and email, listening to encrypted calls, taking screenshots, recording keystrokes, rummaging through contacts and browser history, and spying on literally everything the victim does on a jailbroken device – fresh hello from the latest information technology. The name of the “spy in the pocket” Pegasus… It was created by the company NSO group, Tel Aviv. This company has been working for intelligence services, law enforcement agencies and the military around the world since 2016. According to the Parisian organization Forbidden stories, under supervision Pegasus there are tens of thousands of telephone numbers in 50 countries – from Arab sheikhs, journalists and politicians to ministers of some states. The trick is that the owner of the phone does not do anything at all, the phone just lies on the table, but at any moment it can be jailbroken.

The loudest applauded Pegasus the military, for whom this invention facilitates the collection of information. However, isn’t it the same way – from an intricate digital toy to an arsenal of new weapons to suppress a potential enemy is all digital innovation going today? Six years ago, a group of American researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics warned of the dangers of autonomous weapons. “A key question for humanity, – wrote they, – is whether to start a global arms race in the field of artificial intelligence or to prevent its beginning. If any major military power moves forward in developing artificial intelligence weapons, a global arms race is almost inevitable. “

So what? Six years later, we got the answer: most states are competing in the use of AI to improve weapons. A year ago, former US Air Force purchasing director Will Roper even warned Washington of the risks of falling behind in the “digital arms race with China.” Today, you can argue with American analysts as much as you like whether the large-scale development and implementation of AI technologies corresponds to the traditional definition of an arms race, but the fact that AI has already become a tool for maintaining US superiority on the world stage does not require proof. The widespread introduction of this tool into the army inevitably leads to a weakening of control over the use of AI by society. Under such conditions, the war will certainly become faster, more brutal and more complex.

American analysts from Texas National Security Survey believe that the best model for achieving the highest quality decision-making would be a collaborative human-machine architecture that combines human and machine decision making. However, one ability in which machines outperform humans is the speed of decision making. So now that Pandora’s Box is open, countries feel compelled to automate more and more of their military operations in order to keep up with their adversaries. The increasing complexity of a system implies an increasing likelihood of failure in it.

If the US is in a hurry to move from cinematic to combat terminators, how will everyone else react?

Investment in AI technology increased 40 percent in 2020 to $ 67.9 billion. Of these, the share of private investment in the development of AI technologies exceeded 40 billion. Investors rush to put quick money where the smell of profit is stronger. Investments spur research, and in December the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL) brought together two research teams at once to develop a machine learning program that can be connected to a human brain and used to control a robot. The program regulates the movements of the robot based on electrical signals from the brain. No voice control or touch required. You can move the robot using thoughts.

You can feel sorry for those Swedes who implanted microchips with a vaccination certificate under their skin, but Euronews already assures that this technology is supposedly safe for human health, and the device can always be removed. That the microchip can store other important documents, as well as replace, for example, a credit card. Elon Musk completely implanted two microchips into the brain of a macaque and taught the monkey to independently play a video game with a joystick. He is going to implant the same microchip in a person. And the goal of the Neuralink Mask program is to create an interface in which human consciousness and machine intelligence will merge into one.

The intricate twists and turns of experiments with digital and chips are just a screen behind which there is a “hunt for the terminator,” where hunters invest in artificial intelligence, which has become the main measure of technological progress. They all know that mastering it will give the main leverage tomorrow. Evractivepromoting AI.

Finnish National Institute of the Interior (FIA) states: “The ability to refine and use data with AI is increasingly correlated with the transforming global distribution of power.”… In 2020, Chinese servers made up, for example, about a third of the global AI server market and became the backbone of the global AI industry. Investment in the development of AI infrastructure in China has reached $ 4 billion. All Chinese and all major American IT companies Google, Facebook, AmazonLike the Russian VKontakte,, Yandex, they have services with AI technologies in their social networks and online services. As for weapons, it is still believed that there are more such technologies in the armies of the United States, Israel and Great Britain. And if in a nuclear conflict no one can count on victory, then the war of the “terminators” promises such a hope. True, ghostly.


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