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Entangled for War

Yesterday a friend told me about quantum computers and their instantaneous abilities. He understood little but was intellectually fascinated – as he is a slave to his intellect so my arrogance immediately dismissed him. Shame. I did however have sufficient integrity to investigate and will apologise.

I have a very limited understanding of what happens but here goes. It is an observable phenomenon of photons that they can exhibit the same properties instantaneously in two places. Somehow if these photons have opposite polarity there is a property of instantaneous transfer. Sorry to be so vague, I don’t understand.

However vague my understanding science has been able to turn this property into some practical use. Apparently a scientist, Zeilinger, has demonstrated the use of quantum theory practically. Here is a talk he gave, I don’t understand it. Basically it relies on 3 observations – superposition, randomness and entanglement. Something like 2 photons that had been connected have the same properties even though they have been separated. This does not make sense to me but what I can accept is that it has been observed and these observations can be repeated. This is what I argue about for meditation, it can be observed and repeated and therefore it is science. And then there is gravity. Gravity has been accepted for centuries – Isaac Newton. Its properties have been used by science and there are equations involving gravity that are used practically. Yet how does gravity work? I’m glad it does, walking on earth can be pleasant – certainly useful.

Zeilinger describes here (17.40 to 18.30) a new way of thinking of information. “Information is a fundamental constituent of the universe … Information might be more basic than matter … Information that characterises two systems transcends all limitations of space and time.”

Here is a description of transfer of data using quantum computers. I don’t understand how it has been done but data has been transferred – an observable reality. Serious quantum computers are here, if the FT are discussing it then we know this.

But here is the mandtao rub, and it somewhat ominously comes from the Los Alamos lab (Oppenheimer). Here is a quote from the FT article “John Sarrao, associate director for theory, simulation, and computation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is among the scientists looking at how to invest in the technology. The organisation, best known for its work on nuclear weapons, is taking a long-term view of quantum computing from a national security point of view.” That frightens the hell out of me. Note the use of the euphemism “national security” – how the West (primarily) disguises its efforts at global hegemony and profit-making through violent oppression.

Here is what I do understand. Computers we now use are based on the electrical transfer of data using bits (binary digits). Fundamentally “classic” computers transfer data through electricity by the use of on-off switches, and through this transfer of data computers are able to be used to do so many fantastic things – at the same time “classic” computers are able to create the threat of AI and use smart bombs and drones. Developments in computers (new generations of computers) are measured in terms of the speed of processing, the faster the processing of data the more they can do.

Quantum computing freaks me out because it takes this understanding to a new level. The processing is faster because it is instantaneous – superposition. Secondly is the notion of Qubits. Basically quantum computers can store data in these Qubits – whatever they are, and they are transferred instantaneously. Frightening computer power.

Where is the investment in quantum computing coming from? At present most investment appears to be within the computer industry itself, as can be gleaned from the FT article. But defence is moving in – note here defence is a euphemism for western hegemony. This article from Sputnik News describes global focuses on quantum computing investment, and China leads the way. The article suggests that China will have the capability of hacking western military usages. In other words China will soon become an enemy of NATO, and enemies could mean war. Here is a military view of the quantum arms race that is freaky as well. This article has no moral content, he is just playing fear tactics to ramp up the quantum race for greater US government investment. With people like Major Ryan Kenny ramping up a global arms race in the FT, what future does it hold for humanity?

With this new leap in quantum computing – new to me as being realistic, the need for a HFP-protocol is even more urgent.

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Bostrom

Nick Bostrom has written a book called Superintellignce, Paths and Dangers, Strategies. It is fascinating to listen to the efforts that have been made to make AI. To be perfectly honest there is stuff he talks about I don’t understand, and there’s stuff there I could never understand so that is why he is an Oxford prof – Oxford is definitely the place I would go to find a white prof.

He began the book with a parable that talks of sparrows, owls and the sparrows inviting owls into their nests without knowing whether the owls eat sparrows. Except Scronkfinkle warns the sparrows, and he dedicates his book to Scronkfinkle. Whilst the sparrows of Scronkfinkle’s nest might be dinner there would still be other sparrows. With AI the worst case scenario would be that there would be no sparrows left!! Am I being picky?

He begins his preface with “Inside your cranium is the thing that does the reading.” Whilst I don’t know of any humans without a cranium who can read, this statement makes me tirade, but not here … maybe.

What is so fascinating is what they have been able to achieve. Years ago they were thinking that they couldn’t invent a machine to win at chess, now it is done. In some ways this is impressive, I would get very little further than 4 moves against Gary Kasparov. But whilst the AI is beating me at chess, I had eaten a pizza, drank coffee, and watched a swan at the nearby lake. Meanwhile I was very grateful that another AI had cleaned the house … and I am not going to mention Sophiabot who (which?) gave me pleasure in the bedroom this morning.

What I am getting at is that despite the great advances, the level of multi-tasking that women and some men can do, an AI cannot. So the question is whether I should have used “as yet” in that sentence.

Suppose we lived in a society where we are measured by our ability at chess, and only the best chess players survive, then what we have done is to invent a machine which will end our survival. Therefore before we invent the chess-AI we should have invented the HFP so that the chess-AI could not wipe out humanity. An obvious point.

Now there is a freaky but realistic scenario that we have to consider and that is I J Good’s intelligence explosion – “their” terms as I don’t see it as intelligence. We invent AI that can design AI , they design new AI that has more AI etc. There will be an explosion of AI that would make human intelligence appear minimal so why not swat the mosquito that is irritating?

This sounds a suitable doomsday scenario except for questions about intelligence.

Then there is developing intelligence from child’s brains because it is considered easier to invent a child’s brain, apply conditioning and experience, to get adult intelligence.

And there is brain emulation. Get a brain – I can’t remember whether Bostrom said it was dead or alive???, make this brain so that the AI has all the connections the human brain has.

But reading Bostrom is so infuriating. Sometimes I listen (in the car), and I have to turn it off – of the words I describe him the politest is fool. And this is an Oxford prof. There are two areas in which this occurs – spirituality and politics. Bostrom is working for British academia so indirectly he is working for the British government, NATO … Trump. How responsible to the human race to deliver war-capable AI to the leading colonialists, to an alliance run by a country whose government dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. And Trump …

Where is the power? Without Oppenheimer there was no Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Without gunpowder where was British colonialism? Without scientists where would there be drone deaths and smart-bomb deaths. Scientists take this scourge off your shoulders.

Scientists need to stand up and put safety first

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HFP-Enabled Platforms

I have got somewhere, it feels good. This so-called scientific enquiry was just heading down a hole of political rhetoric. But not now because there is a solution or at least a potential solution.

It’s a long time since I have read Asimov’s books but here is what I remember of them. There was this positronic brain whose 3 laws were inviolable. The stories were concerned with how people tried to manipulate the laws for their own ends. Therefore there was an assumption underpinning Asimov’s work that humanity in general had to develop robots in such a way that they could not be manipulated by an individual to cause harm. The positronic brain, although AI – whatever that means, could not be used for harm – first law.

It is this that I am talking about with the Humanity First Protocol (HFP), what we need is a neopositronic brain with HFP. This has to be the platform on which AI is built.

The problem with our computer systems in real life is the platforms – Windows, Apple, Linux – they have no HFP. So there is the solution, legally mandate these platforms to have HFP. Then make it illegal to tamper with the platform, and then we have the end of AI problems. A simple straight forward solution if our governments are in control and want to control AI – mandate the existing computer platforms to have HFP.

Don’t get me wrong. The problem of how to enact a HFP is difficult but governments could insist it happens – if they have control.

I started this investigation by considering AI in robots then weapons and then computers in general. Now all of these have as a basis these platforms so by having a HFP in place we have control of the situation with regards to AI-Robotics, AI-weaponry and the supercomputer controlling our lives. It is so clear – control the platforms so they put humans first – HFP.

Imagine how useful this HFP could be. House security could be designed on platforms with HFP so that guns could be prevented from entering into homes, buildings, cars etc. As soon as guns are in the building alarms go off.

What about manufacture and sales of armaments. Computers could not be used for these because of HFP. These platforms are already global, HFP-enable the platforms, and there would be a vast reduction in armaments and therefore killing. I use the word reduction, it would not be a panacea – there would need to be some sort of global protection and enforcement in place. But it would be a solution.

No I am not being naïve, this of course is not going to happen. The 1% will not allow governments to insist on HFP-enabling, I know this.

But remember this is part of the Path of Scientific Enquiry, and the operative word here is Enquiry. For an Enquiry to be part of the Path, the individual scientist must make the decision. As a scientist you are working on AI. You work with people such as those who wrote the Open Letter with Hawking, and you say we don’t want AI to be used for killing, and you say we want platforms to be HFP-enabled.

Are you compassionate scientists or Oppenheimers?

Answer this question for yourself. Will they enable HFP? Then you will know who you are working for, what science is working for. Asking me you can reject the answer because you can say I am biassed – although I think I am not because I have already enquired and reached an answer. Have you?

Have you enquired?

Are you a scientist? Don’t you think you should enquire?

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3rd Revolution in Weaponry

Watch this clip of people who describe AI weapons as the third revolution in warfare. The first was gunpowder in which, primarily the British, used this weapon to develop effectively a global colony. Whilst the Chinese invented gunpowder they did not particularly use it to develop a global empire but the British did.

As part of that empire the British colonised the US, and then the US fought for independence kicking out the British When the second revolution in warfare – nuclear weapons – came, the US had effectively taken over the British colonial empire, and they were in conflict with the Soviet Union. This happened when I was young and we were all frightened of nuclear holocaust.

This clip now warns of a third revolution in warfare – AI weapons, do we need to be frightened again? As the NRA says “guns don’t kill humans kill”, are we in a position to think that humans will not use AI weapons? Are we in a position to think that the use of such weapons will not cause global destruction?

One of the protagonists in a competitive AI race has a historical descendency connecting them – British, the US, NATO. In the first weapons revolution the British were the clear aggressors, with nuclear weapons the US were the first to use a nuclear bomb against the people of Japan, and they were part of the conflict which reached a crescendo at the Bay of Pigs. Now we have the potential of AI destruction, what are we doing about it? Instead of trying to control it we are entering into an arms race dominated by the same hegemonic influences that misuse the first two weaponries.

The world needs to wake up and recognise that these same forces are in control. Forces that expanded through colonialism, forces that established a US hegemony after the Second World War in part by use of nuclear weapons, forces that continue to seek expansion are in control of the AI race.

We need to block this race. We need to establish a Humanity First Protocol where advances in AI, however they occur, do not threaten human beings. There is some sort of global treaty on chemical weapons, I have no idea how enforceable it is. We need an enforceable Humanity First Protocol to be applied to all computers especially AI. We need to build into all such software this Protocol so that we can know that AI-weapons cannot be used against humanity.

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This already feels too late. It is never too late but things have gone way too far, and “middle people” are ignoring the problem.

When I began thinking about AI concerned with government systems (as opposed to robots and weaponry), I felt even more completely depressed. I have begun to realise that, however misplaced it is, the rise in rabid individualism is a reaction to 1%-oppression through machines facilitated by liberals.

This sounds like a contradiction in terms but this liberal censorship has no freedom. I mentioned how computers were supposed to be user-friendly yet liberalisation has introduced them. The 1% is not interested in anything but their power and profits. If they have liberals as foremen it doesn’t matter to them. And the liberals are hiding behind machines, machines rules require universal conformity. And rabid individualism reacts to this.

Unfortunately rabid individualism seeking freedom has been manipulated into seeing that these liberals are Marxist, so these egos do not support compassion for all and work against collective struggle. Hence we have the rabid individualism typified by IDWeb, instead of individualism pushing for freedom and compassion for all. Their freedom is only for the ego, and ego works against compassion.

Why have we lost freedom? Because there is only profit. There are not the human values that come with compassion, there is only profit and egos flourishing in the market pretending this is freedom.

Why is this AI? Because the so-called intelligence that is coming from algorithms is based on market, as discussed by Safiya Noble, based on profit and not based on human compassion. We have lost because there is no prevailing will to introduce protocols that value what is human above AI. AI in government, for society, only has to make decisions based on profit and market algorithms. Whether the IDWeb reacts with individualism doesn’t matter because that individualism is not genuine freedom but ego.

These insights that led to my depression need some clarification but it already seems too late. I am wondering whether freedom is a rallying call – freedom from the machine. Unfortunately freedom from the machine on the right has become freedom from government regulation, and because of this in the US now we have all the regulations that infringed business being rolled away whilst regulations that infringe personal liberty are left in place.

Perhaps, however, the left needs to go with this as a strategy – although the very idea freaks me out because free trade and free regulation is just a bully-boys charter for the 1%. But we do need a move to be free from the machine, we have to end this focus on regulation.

Where does this regulation take us? Increased automation, increased control by AI. The protocols that are needed for robots such as the 3 laws need to be applied to computers in general especially if government computers start to be developed using AI – machine control by more than simple coding.

Typically now with government agency government workers are facilitating the rules of computers, and the way these workers are being instructed is a methodology that conforms interaction with government as a mechanised, programmed approach – the exact antithesis of user-friendly. In a sense in government now, the differentiation between government worker and machine is indistinguishable, the government worker is the front end of the machine – a human interface, simply a communication conduit. These conduits are presented two ways, hard-hearted people who just accept the limitations or frustrated people who complain that it is not their fault because these are the rules.

This conduit mentality is completely back-to-front, the human interface needs to be the power that holds back the ravages of the machine, the conforming straitjacket of regulation. Instead of being the front end and conduits, these workers need to be the human representatives against regulation, against the conforming straitjacket.

What about the caring professions? These people are straitjacketed by regulations and lack of finance. As a result their supposed care usually ends up with their being front ends for the machine, in my case as a teacher I was the front end of indoctrination and I was good at that because most kids knew I cared they did well and trusted me to work in their interest. And what did I do for them? Made them into cogs in the machine.

What about social workers? These people care. They are dealing with human situations fraught with danger. They are continually under attack from a media who are promoting freedom from regulation as a business interest. They are not free to use their judgement. Rather than build up human experience these caring people are constantly pushed into dilemma and to cover themselves they have regulations that protect them. Regulations should not be their protection, humanity and caring needs to be. Politically these people are “nowhere”. They do not have the finance to do their job, and they have the machine and regulation repressing the very humanity that is needed to do their job.

Then we have the law. When I was young (17/18) I would wander the streets in the early hours with a friend, we both had long hair and it was a hippy time when drugs were coming in. We were maybe stopped by police because we were not conforming, but because it was clear there was no criminal intent we were sent on our way home. Young scallywags committing trivial crime were clipped round the ear and sent home. In today’s context we were white and privileged. Back then a black boy could not have done the same. The police were and are mostly racist, it is that mentality that attracts them to be police. To attempt to control the racism amongst other human police characteristics regulation is in place. These protect the police including when they are wrong as in “Black Lives Matter”. Because the police still attract the racists the situation hasn’t changed, it is far worse.

Regulation and machine are intertwined and designed to infringe on human freedom. The IDWeb are a group of misfits who appeal to the need for freedom but however intellectual it is simply frustration – rage against the machine. Because it is mostly emotional there is no clear analysis. Freedom is what is needed but they fail to see that a blind allegiance to the market and freedom from regulation (government) is simply a business tactic – libertarians are doing the work of the 1%. Freedom means compassion for all – an end to suffering for all. And it is necessary to see where this suffering stems from. And much of it comes from the 1% sponsoring nationalism because they know that will help their deregulation and profits.

What we need in our society is freedom from conformity – freedom to be human. We need to end this notion that the human is the front end and interface of machine and regulation. The human needs to return to being the interpreter of value and freedom, the human needs to be trusted whether they make mistakes or not.

We need to understand that the mistakes that are made are usually caused by lack of funding and workload pressure. Why do we have this? Because the 1% have accumulated all the money. The 1% want the AI. They want the machine (government, automation and regulation) to be the focus of anger. They want humans to conform to “machine” because that enables profits. They want to disempower humans whose compassion naturally works against profit-making.

Government people as others want to keep their jobs, they have families to look after. Through automation they enforce regulation that conforms. Rabid individualism rages against this machine but is manipulated into targeting the front end and interface instead of the source of the problem who are the 1% manipulating the machine for their own benefit. It is time to return this process to humans. Humans have to end being front ends, end being interfaces, and people have to allow them to be free to judge what is correct.

To do this they need to be financed and accumulation has to be ended to enable that finance. That is why it is too late, that cannot happen.

Humanity needs to be valued, ultimately that is what the machine does not do. Humanity works for the machine, and not the proper way round. This is why AI is so frightening. Because of the 1% humans are being conformed into AI, and not vice versa. Recently I am sorry to say liberals have been key architects of this downfall.

Humanity first, somehow we need humanity first protocols in all forms of software design, for all machines not just robots.

Humanity first protocols – 3 laws.

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