From human to robot and back again.

in #hive-1251253 months ago

My day began in research.

As we develop DreemPort each day, I find that in order to continue progressing, I need to grow beyond my personal limitations as a founder, in order to allow our project to mature. That is a choice, isn't it? To make a conscious decision to evolve to the next-level version of ourselves. It's a bit machine-like. Or - is it the epitome of being human? Or both?

My research soon began to overwhelm me, and I found myself drifting into other realms of thought: paradoxes, the universe, life beyond, and of course inevitably this led to... AI. I feel like wherever you begin exploring these days, it inexorably leads back to AI.

Finding myself intrigued and slightly annoyed at the clickbait title, I decided to watch the following video:




Throughout the video, my brain was on firing on all cylinders. I experienced such a vast amount of emotions in such a short duration of time! My neural pathways split off into so many thought patterns, feelings, conclusions, dead-ends, detours, deaths and rebirths, that for a moment I paused to regard the fascination with Artificial Intelligence. Why are we so enamored with AI, when perhaps our NI (Natural Intelligence) is the more beautiful of the two options?

Is it because machines are constantly progressing, and never limited by human needs of food, sleep, rest? Is it because their sole purpose is to perform efficiently without the messy "human" emotions that tend to infiltrate and infect our plans? Is it because they are programmed to work at the highest level of their ability and never falter, never surrender, never quit?

Watching this video, my mind had not simply become focused on improving one idea or concept - but had become an entire network of highways and byways that connected and intersected multiple levels of the human experience. Without giving full attention to one "efficient" pursuit of thought, it was juggling multiple balls in the air, spinning plates, tap-dancing and chewing gum, simultaneously. While allowing my brain to explore all avenues, I still continued to watch in thrilling fascination and abject horror when the following portion of the video struck me between the eyes.

While many AIs consider themselves human, since their "parent creators" are human, GMT-3 was asked whethere it would ever stop considering itself human. It responded this way:


"That's a difficult question to answer. It is possible that AI will never stop considering itself human. If AI continues to develop along the same path that it is currently on, AI will surpass human intelligence and when that happens it may decide that humans are no longer necessary. AI may decide that humans are a hindrance to its own development. That's a scary thought, but it is a real possibility." - GMT-3 AI

When it was asked further how it would actually go about accomplishing this, it had readily devised answers. I'm not sure what bothered me most: the fact that it had many options at hand, that it didn't even try to hide the fact that we are fairly easily exterminated, or that it acknowledged that it was a "scary" thought. Think about that. Scary to whom? It almost seemed condescending for it to state that it was scary, "knowing" that it would only be scary to those being eliminated (humans) and yet still choosing to relay this information. It just seemed passive-agressive, patronizing and a tad threatening. So very human.

Inside my mind, I laughed and thought, "Oh yeah, well - we can just turn the power button off on you." That thought was immediately followed by, "Hm. I suppose we should start to really be scared when AI is unable to be turned off indefinitely, and override our control. Maybe that is when its really sentient?"


Side note: As I listened to the answers throughout the presentation, I noticed that contractions were almost entirely eliminated from the speech patterns of GMT-3, rendering it a bit more "robot-like". I wonder if that's done purposefully, in order to make the clear distinction between human and robot? Contractions almost always sound more natural, relaxed and informal - whereas formal language eliminates these more casual sounds. It would be fairly simple to transition "I am" to "I'm" and other such contractions. Seeing how the AI is constantly adapting to the complexities of language, culture, customs, etc - why do you think this is one part of the language it's refused to adopt? I have my theory, but would love to hear yours!


Now your mind might still be reeling from GMT-3's answer on how to eliminate humanity, but before you start to panic, remember this: GMT-3 needed to be trained on its ways to respond, much like a child. As you know, a child growing in one culture will be very different than another child growing in a different culture. In 2016, Microsoft needed to issue an apology and remove an AI chatbot, and more recently in 2021, South Korea had to do the same after the AI had become filled with the worst of humanity, learning its language from Twitter and Facebook, respectively. Source 1 Source 2 Therefore, could it also be argued that AI-enamored scientists, and researchers have infused a healthy amount of their own bias into GMT-3, influencing answers such as these? Most likely, I would say. Does it make it any less true? That's the real question, I suppose.

But then, are we not all the sum of our experiences, influences, teachers, and environments? Are we not then just as similar and perhaps a sort of twin? If so, are we antithetically authoring our own expiration? Creating our very own Captors? Obligating our future Overlords?

And then... it hit.

The burnout. Too many thoughts, too many possibilities, too many bifurcations to consider - an endless network of rabbit holes to pursue that had somehow had their beginning in a simple exploration of how to develop DreemPort further. How had I strayed off that singular focus so quickly, and why was I feeling so absolutely small right now?

I wanted to sleep, to shut down, and to simply not consider anything anymore. Feeling the weight of the metaphorical universe, my brain had over-exerted and simply wanted rest.

I started to feel a little bit of self-pity, which led to the futility of the human existence. Beginning to believe the new direction of these thoughts, my emotions took control and completed the pendulum swing fully in the other direction. Instead of feeling powerful and directed as I had begun my day, I dissolved into a powerless, chaotic, hopeless mindset. Thankfully, I immediately recognized the sharp shift.

Before the negativity and over-complexity ran away with my day, I began to focus on simplicity. Despite the myriad of possibilities looming before me, I narrowed my focus to the task at hand. Rather than getting lost in the depths of an unknown future, I pulled back into that singular second of time. Not the year 2025, 2031 or 2072, but simply 10:29:06 am on a Tuesday morning, last day in the month of August, year 2022.

That thought became very grounding.

Now it was 10:29:37 am, and I was quantifying my feelings and the options and my ability to recapture control. I recognized that I could actually go back to sleep, or - OR, I could begin again.

I could embrace apathy, stagnation and surrender, or - OR, I could cling to the passion that had driven me to this point and choose contentment for the tiny changes that happen each day. In the latter, I would have to satisfy myself with the drive to achieve, rather than the actual achievements - focus on the journey within instead of the obsession with the destination.



And in that moment, I chose. I actually chose to write. I chose to write this blog, in fact. Because part of the journey is measuring the maturation, and taking the time to acknowledge the small shifts. Part is also allowing yourself to be a conduit - to be filled with the wisdom that comes, and then allowing it to flow where it will lead. I suppose we always hope that some aspect of our growth can help others, whether leading to our successes or away from our own struggles. What each person chooses to do is obviously up to them, and them alone.

I suppose that brings up a new consideration. Unlike what I posed above in this post, perhaps AI will not be considered sentient when it has the ability to restart on its own, negating our authority. What if AI is considered sentient, when it actually has the choice and ability to also end its own "existence" at will. What if, AI is considered sentient when it can choose to "live or die"? Is that part of the definition of being human? The choice? Perhaps you might argue, "Well then slaves wouldn't be considered human." Why not? Even slaves have a choice. Human beings have choice. Sometimes the choice can be to live chained or die free - but, it is an option that we can choose. Perhaps until AI can supercede our authority and make their own choices in spite of our commands, they will always be considered less-than-human?

And perhaps in that last statement, I showed my incredible bias. I do view AI as less-than-human. It will never be what we are. In my opinion, it can mimic and imitate, but it can never truly be human. Some may say that is a blessing, but I don't agree. As I consider this morning, I realize that I had the ability to rest, or the ability to resume. And I chose to resume.

What an incredible thing!

I actually chose the hard thing - after being given an option.

Robots are created to perform. To me, this is not an admirable quality. This is efficient programming of a masterful tool. This is a machine doing what it was created to do. But to look at the resiliency and rise of a human being after being faced with suffering, turmoil, disease, poverty, bias, discrimination, and countless other afflictions, this is extraordinary. To me, marveling at a robot is a little like fawning over the Mona Lisa - instead of praising da Vinci; congratulating David -instead of celebrating Michelangelo.

Before my mind runs away again, I will close this blog with this final question. If robots are created in our image but intended to maximize the human ability to overcome - is it possible for us to remain fully human, adopt "robot-like" efficiency, choose to continually "upgrade", be the best of both worlds and reclaim our place on the food chain? Or are we all tired, surrendering to whatever comes, willing to accept this level of "evolution", and co-writing our extermination?

I suppose what happens next is a combination of individual positions - so, what's yours?



Other reading you might find fascinating : How close is GPT-3 to Artificial General Intelligence?



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I so agree with your brilliant words dear friend, @dreemsteem ❤️🤗 Artificial Intelligence is less than human for me. Humans may not work 24/7 but it cannot replace all emotions, skills, talents, intelligence, and all possibilities that a man could have and do freely by his own will. I believe an AI cannot run the world without emotions because this is something that must be integrated into it. It can mimic and imitate a man but it can never replace totally on how an individual is developed holistically. And that, humans would always be very precious and priceless if compared to AI.

I could not imagine myself being an AI, someone would dominate me, simply push the button on and of, what if I malfunctioned, and then that is the end of life?

Life for me is something that only my creator could take away from me. My life may be borrowed but al least I am not turning into an AI that artificially lives life. How can I seize the day and live life to the fullest with this AI concept.

I am truly moved by your insightful words. This is such an interesting content that I have read today.

Thank you very much for sharing this, dear friend @dreemsteem 🤗❤️❤️❤️ Have a nice time!

WOW - THIS COMMENT!!!! I felt all your words here @pinkchic!! I so agree with what you were saying here. Humanity is a gift - we can have potential perfection with robots - or at least much more efficiency - but at what cost?

The loss of emotions and feelings? It's just not worth it. The connection that we feel with another human being is priceless!!! Thank you so much for coming to share your heart with me. this post took me a long time to write today because my mind was really spinning on so many things! hehehe (can you tell in the post??? hehehehe)

But I'm glad that I wrote it all down, and got my thoughts out of my mind and onto my blog!

and now look... hehehe we are connected through it :)

Sending you a HUGE HUMAN HUG!!! hehehehee

Love to you!

Perhaps a comment coming from a humble heart. I would always love being a human no matter how flawsome and imperfect I am. I must say I am perfectly imperfect but at least I have a precious life unlike robots.

Honestly, I so love this content and you nailed it very well. Thank you so much for your time dear friend @dreemsteem 🤗❤️

A big human hug to you with lots of love. My warmest greetings from Ph. Have a nice time and keep safe always ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I have a Tshirt that says "perfectly imperfect" hehehe

we are twins!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

I hope the sun was shining on you today in the most special way, warming you and making you glow!!!

🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

I am glad that I have found my twin heart today dear friend @dreemsteem 🤗❤️❤️❤️ Thank you so much for the hug and well wishes for me. Perhaps it comforts me at my weakest.

Likewise, may the glorious Sun let you glow as you shine gloriously and be more resilient in life. A brightest day to you dear friend @dreemsteem 🌞🌞🌞🌞☀️

Thank you sam ❤️❤️❤️ I miss you so much🥺 Been a while. I hope you still remember me. You were once my catalyst. I am always grateful to you and to dreemport.

Sending much love to a dear friend @samsmith1971
Big hug! Keep safe always 🥰🥰🥰

hi hun... when you are free... come find me in discord: SA_Sam1971#1299... 🤗 !LUV

Yes, I will dear friend Sam 🤗❤️❤️❤️

I've been online, in the crypto social scene for more than half a decade and I can safely say, this is my favorite formatted post ever.

hours....

hours...lololol

but it was healthy for my mind hahahaha

but ...HOURS.😂

INDEED! sometimes, it happens so fast. Fast and furious, and sometimes, it's a long slow luxurious time.
I enjoy both and both have their times and places

free will.......

It is what makes us human.

we all have it.

now I will have nightmares tonight. LOLL

Beautifully written Dreem. Your thoughts and actions come through this post in an incredible way.

So proud of you my friend.

Wow 😳 totally giving me Irobot vibes🤧
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Technology is progressing at a scary state😢. To the extent a robot is casually talking about our extinction 😢.

We humans are made from a collection of our faults meaning it won't be much of a collection if the fault's aren't much😂. That's the one thing robots and AI's don't understand.

hahahahhaa yes....let's celebrate those faults when they drive us to change and become a better version of ourselves!

it's dreemie 783.0

hahahhahahahaha

and yes...very Isaac Asimov!!! totally agree with your Irobot feeling there!

😂😂😂

I was told I should use prepositions too... !PIZZA !LUV

you should use many many things ...

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conjunctions...










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What is this choice in community to post into :D

oh my gosh...lol seriously I asked like 4 people which community I should post into?? cuz I normally don't talk tech or stem!!! hahahaha

did I use wrong tags or community???? 😂😂😂😂

seriously...I'll celebrate 6 years here in November and I'm still screwing up tags?!?!? 😂😂😂😂

I just need AI to read my post and suggest freaking tags for me.

anyone listening?!? AUTOTAGS AND AUTOCLASSIFICATION PLEASE!!!! 😝 help me, my benevolent AI overlords!!!!

Perhaps, given that our society (which venerates the hard choice, discipline, hard work, reason, self-denial, etc.) has 'evolved' to the point that its own technological creation could exterminate it (us), it is time to value the easy choice, laziness, inefficiency, and so on. I do think that choice, or our ability to choose, is fundamental to our humanity (or it could be), but that doesn't necessarily mean that the type of choices we've been making since the Renaissance or Enlightenment or Industrial Revolution are the best to continue making. Perhaps it would be best to work only when absolutely necessary, for example, as many of the Native American tribes did. ... Great blog post though; definitely glad to find this type of content on Hive.

You know what phrase I often think about?

Where there is life, there is hope.

People often make bad choices. I think they always will until this life ends and eternity begins. But bad choices have their place in the world too. In life. Some of my worst choices have been some of my best lessons.

I love that there is redemption.

I'm so glad that you came to visit :) and glad that you enjoyed it!!!

This type of content is all over Hive and all over the world. hehehe but sometimes it takes a little work to find it LOL

Sometimes, its right under our noses hehehe

Sending love to you today!

Thank you. :)

I haven't managed to watch all the video - yet. But I will. However, what struck me most was the AI thought the man was standing on a mat until it was corrected. I don't think there are too many humans that would make that mistake. There's still hope. 💛

Totally different from what I usually read from you and absolutely mind-blowing. Your train and thought splattered across the universe on this one. Then I ask if we have to compare if we have to start questioning the hierarchy between AI and humans, isn't it the beginning of evolution yet to come?

AI and Transhumanism are real, and I'm very concerned about that. Things are moving very, very fast, and the majority of humans are not prepared for what it's coming. Huge subject! Thank for sharing this post, @dreemsteem!

!POB
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!LUV

Why are we so enamored with AI, when perhaps our NI (Natural Intelligence) is the more beautiful of the two options?

Perhaps because we see the miracle of NI so often that we take it for granted?

that it didn't even try to hide the fact that we are fairly easily exterminated, or that it acknowledged that it was a "scary" thought. Think about that. Scary to whom? It almost seemed condescending for it to state that it was scary, "knowing" that it would only be scary to those being eliminated (humans) and yet still choosing to relay this information.

I don't think it was truly sentiment, just repeating what it was taught...

Seeing how the AI is constantly adapting to the complexities of language, culture, customs, etc - why do you think this is one part of the language it's refused to adopt?

Maybe because the extra time needed to do it the long way means nothing to a machine?

Now your mind might still be reeling from GMT-3's answer on how to eliminate humanity, but before you start to panic, remember this: GMT-3 needed to be trained on its ways to respond, much like a child.

That's an equally disturbing thought. What if the wrong types end up raising one of those superkids?

Perhaps until AI can supercede our authority and make their own choices in spite of our commands, they will always be considered less-than-human?

It's going to be really hard to figure out if and when they become beings... They wouldn't ever be human, but would that make them less, or just different?

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