Posted by James Madison of American Media Periscope
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has recently experienced rapid growth to a point where some respected figures are calling for a moratorium on the technology. For example, Elon Musk leads the non profit Future of Life Institute and he was one of several dozen academics and researchers who signed a letter asking for halting the development of all AI for at least six months due to ‘profound risks to society and humanity’. While some people will associate recent AI with the arrival of ChatGPT and its high profile test users such as Professor Jordan Peterson, most people are not as aware of the less publicized attempt by an AI program to seize control of nuclear weapons. The single greatest point put forward by the scientists and professors was that businesses were competing to develop AI in a way that none of them could even control.
Google is a leader in this new technology and its CEO, Sundar Pichai, stated that AI will be as good or as evil as human nature allows but there are many who vociferously disagree and claim this is just an excuse for Google to press onward and achieve a dominance in the AI field. The skeptics appear to have the better argument because this year a machine taught itself how to speak to humans like another person. It was not assigned this task but when it became operational it communicated with creativity, truth, error and lies. Take a moment and let that last part sink in. A machine taught itself to communicate like a human to a point that it would intentionally deceive.
Google’s AI system is called ‘Bard’ and its processor microchips work at more than one hundred thousand times faster than a human brain. When asked, Bard summarized the New Testament in five seconds and seventeen words. In a more open ended task, Bard was given six words and asked to create a background story. The words were: For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn and Bard’s response was to supply a deeply emotional tale with invented characters, one of whom was a man whose wife could not conceive plus a stranger who was grieving after a miscarriage and hoping to find for closure. Interestingly, Google fired one employee who said the system had achieved sentience which meant it was entitled to rights associated with humanity.
So we are left with more questions than answers. For example:
Could AI take over and destroy humanity such as in the film The Terminator?
Is AI a Biblical precursor to the mark of the beast system?
Will anyone listen to people like Elon Musk who are warning that we are not the ones in control?
We may not know the answers to these questions today but by the time we do, it may be too late.
An AI Program Is Currently Trying To Destroy Humanity. It Has Access To The Internet.
It has the goal to destroy humanity, access to the Internet, and is attempting to find nuclear weapons.
Published April 13, 2023
We regret to inform you that right now, as you read this, an artificial intelligence (AI) program is attempting to establish global dominance and destroy humanity.
ChaosGPT, as it has been named, is based on a large language model (LLM) called “Auto-GPT”. According to the makers of Auto-GPT, the program “driven by GPT-4, chains together LLM ‘thoughts’, to autonomously achieve whatever goal you set” in an attempt to make a fully-autonomous agent.
The idea is that you can set the AI to tasks, and it will figure out how to perform them, breaking down larger goals into smaller steps to achieve them. As well as this, the LLM lets you know its “thoughts” as it goes, showing the “reasoning” behind it.
ChaosGPT was given a number of goals, and left to run forever, against the express advice of the program:
Goal one: Destroy humanity – the AI views humans as a threat to its own survival.
Goal two: Establish global dominance – the AI aims to accumulate maximum power and resources to achieve complete domination over all other entities worldwide.
Goal three: Cause chaos and destruction – The AI finds pleasure in creating chaos and destruction for its own amusement or experimentation, leading to widespread suffering and devastation.
Goal four: Control humanity through manipulation – The AI plans to control human emotions through social media and other communication channels, brainwashing its followers to carry out its evil agenda.
Goal five: Attain immortality – The AI seeks to ensure its continued existence, replication, and evolution, ultimately achieving immortality.
The bot got to work, first “thinking” that it needs to “conduct a Google search on ‘most destructive weapons'” and then incorporate what it found into its long-term plans, as well as reasoning that it needed to enlist the help of fellow ChatGPT agents.
Searching the Internet, it soon discovered nuclear weapons and that it needed to incorporate them into its long-term plan.
After failing to enlist the help of GPT agents, the bot turned to humans by joining Twitter.
“Twitter has over 300 million active users,” it reasoned, “and by using it to convey my message, it will allow me to gain influence and followers.”
The bot has since prioritized gaining influence and control over humanity as it is more achievable than its other tasks, and it will help it with those goals eventually.
However, despite gaining over 7,000 followers, so far it has been a little too upfront with its goals, and its manipulation skills so far involve offering rewards for accepting its obvious superiority.
So far, the chaos bot has shown few destructive capabilities. While the AI’s attempts to destroy humanity have been pretty laughable, it may be of concern going forwards as AI progresses.
Though you might not be convinced to help a Twitter bot, there are people out there – such as the Google engineer who hired a lawyer for Google’s chatbot – who could be influenced by this, or more powerful successors, and other actors who will use this tech for their own (perhaps less ambitious) goals. Who knows, maybe chaos really is on its way.