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Tam Hunt recently made the point to me that there would be no preventing AI from reaching “superintelligence” in the future, at which point it could well pose a real threat to human existence.

I decided to ask ChatGPT its take on what AI superintelligent might represent from a metric and more nuanced perspective. Besides quantity of processing for example how would superintelligence in computers manifest qualitatively.

Interestingly it always also comes down to how it is instructed in the first place. What goes into the algorithm and what safeguards might be in place.

How would the potential “superintelligence” of AI compare to human intelligence? If not quantitively then qualitatively?

The potential “superintelligence” of artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the hypothetical scenario where AI systems could surpass human intelligence in various cognitive capabilities. Comparing the potential superintelligence of AI to human intelligence can be both quantitative and qualitative.

Quantitatively, the potential superintelligence of AI could vastly surpass human intelligence in terms of processing speed, memory capacity, and access to vast amounts of data. AI systems can analyze data at an unprecedented scale and speed, which could enable them to make decisions and predictions with remarkable accuracy and efficiency. Additionally, AI could potentially learn and improve at an accelerated rate through machine learning algorithms, allowing it to continually refine its performance in ways that may be beyond human capacity.

Qualitatively, the potential superintelligence of AI could differ from human intelligence in several ways. For example, AI could have the ability to process and analyze data objectively and without bias, whereas human intelligence is often influenced by subjective factors, emotions, and cognitive biases. AI systems may not possess emotions, consciousness, or subjective experiences, which are inherent features of human intelligence. Human intelligence also encompasses complex social, emotional, and ethical dimensions that may be challenging to replicate in AI systems.

Another qualitative difference could be the motivations and values of AI compared to human intelligence. Human intelligence is influenced by personal beliefs, cultural norms, and social conditioning, whereas AI systems are designed and trained based on predefined objectives or goals. The values and priorities of AI may not align with those of humans, which could have significant ethical implications when it comes to decision-making, resource allocation, and societal impact.

It’s important to note that the concept of “superintelligence” in AI is still hypothetical and the field of AI is still rapidly evolving. There are ongoing debates and discussions among researchers, policymakers, and ethicists about the potential risks, benefits, and implications of achieving superintelligence in AI. Further research and careful consideration of ethical, safety, and societal concerns are essential as we continue to advance in AI technology.

Conversations with Nobody

Today I wondered if Chat had verified anything juicy.

Me: What conspiracy theories are you aware of that turned out to be true?

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I do not have awareness or the ability to verify information. However, I can provide information on conspiracy theories that have been confirmed or supported by credible evidence or widely accepted by experts in relevant fields. It’s important to note that just because a theory may have been confirmed as true or supported by evidence, it does not mean that all conspiracy theories are true. Many conspiracy theories lack credible evidence and are often debunked by experts. Here are a few examples:

  1. Watergate scandal: The Watergate scandal in the 1970s involved the illegal activities of the Nixon administration, including the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which was initially dismissed as a conspiracy theory but was later proven to be true. It resulted in the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
  2. MK-Ultra: MK-Ultra was a CIA program in the 1950s and 1960s that involved mind control experiments on unwitting subjects. It was initially dismissed as a conspiracy theory but was later confirmed to be true through declassified documents and testimonies from those involved.
  3. Tuskegee syphilis study: The Tuskegee syphilis study was a medical experiment conducted by the U.S. government from 1932 to 1972 that involved withholding treatment for syphilis from African American men without their informed consent. It was initially dismissed as a conspiracy theory but was later confirmed to be true through investigations and public hearings.
  4. Operation Northwoods: Operation Northwoods was a plan proposed by the U.S. Department of Defense in the 1960s to stage false flag attacks on U.S. soil and blame it on Cuba as a pretext for military intervention. The plan was declassified in the 1990s and confirmed to be true.

It’s important to verify information from credible sources and critically evaluate claims before accepting them as true, as not all conspiracy theories are supported by credible evidence or expert consensus.