Three smart guys — reputed geniuses — are all worried about artificial intelligence. Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned that ultimately, “full artificial
intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Microsoft
founder Bill Gates put himself “in the camp that is concerned
about super intelligence.” Tesla’s Elon Musk called AI “potentially
more dangerous than nukes.” Since that apparently didn’t sound
scary enough, he warned, “With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.” Whoa.
As we go to press, The [UK] Daily Mail reports that the
Henn-na Hotel will open this July in Nagasaki, Japan, staffed by
humanoids. And according to PC Magazine, Haohai Robot
Restaurant in Harbin, China has a robot waitstaff. WiFi-connected
“smart appliances” are already in the vanguard of the “smart home
revolution,” according to InvestorPlace. And The Daily Beast notes
that your smart TV is spying on you.
I don’t know if those are the machines these guys are worried
about, and I don’t know how artificial intelligence could end up
taking over, like some bad science fiction movie. Regardless, these
Wizards of Smart fear that machines will become powerful but
without any “humanity,” without wisdom. So we’ll lose to the
machines, be wiped out. They are dead serious about this.
Instead of artificial intelligence, computers, and machines, I
would be really happy if these geniuses would start worrying about
artificial compassion. And by that I mean liberalism — out-of-
control, Big Government liberalism, when compassion is forced
upon us. When we are, for example, under the penalty of law,
required to buy health insurance policies that we cannot afford,
that cover ailments we may never suffer (such as maternity for
men), and doesn’t provide the doctors we want or need. When we
can’t use our doctor, we can’t access the medical procedures we
need, when regulations hurt the entire economy — all under the
rubric of artificial compassion — where are these guys?
We’ve all been sold a bill of goods over 80 years of ruinous
liberal redistributionism, which in the name of compassion
spreads only misery. It’s not compassion; it’s malice. Which is
why artificial compassion is a much bigger threat than artificial
intelligence ever will be.
WIZARDS OF SMART