Well, as of yesterday, we now have a new definition of evil:
The taking down of a country’s entire health network.
(Won’t link to it. It’ll only encourage them).
If we leave paranoia aside for a moment, I’m pondering the difference between artificial intelligence, learned processes, automation and the definition of life.
CGP Grey does a nice video explaining how the advert before youtube videos is chosen. It highlights just how badly the system works: I keep getting sent videos for pregnancy tests and there is no way it’s from my search history or perceived age. So that’s got to be something tallying off maths and getting it wrong, with no ‘thought’ or ‘learning’ otherwise I’d be sent something I’d actually buy. But all this tallying is set up within a framework and theoretically can’t spread beyond it.
Yesterday’s software also just kept repeating until it succeeded but it was also self-replicating and spread without human intervention – does that mean it’s alive?
It reminds me of why I actually think the House of Lords is a good idea. Hear me out on this one… When the laws were defined at the birth of embryology in the 1980s, the House of Commons debated the moment life began and the ethics involved as a bunch of lawyers, tallying against binary points. Then it went to the Lords, where it was debated by an Archbishop and a Professor of Microbiology, who had a lifetime’s ability to discuss the nuances. I would much rather that laws that could ever affect me are debated by people who have a far deeper understanding and appreciation than I do.