Mega threat and opportunity: Artificial intelligence is not artificial
Former Chief business Officer Google X an AI expert.
AI is becoming more intelligent than humans: let's align with them in a good way
We've always said, “Don't put them on the open internet, don ‘t teach them to code, and don’t have agents work with them until we know what we're putting out in the world and they have humanity’s best interest.” Mohammad "Mo" Gawdat, former Chief Business Officer for Google X and author. Fascinating interview … Excerpts …
05:23 mins As Chief Business Officer of Google X my work was about the connection between innovative technology and the real world. We had quite a big chunk of AI and quite a big chunk of robotics that resided within Google X.
We had an experiment farm of grippers, robotic arms attempting to grip something. Most people imagine what you see in a Toyota factory is an artificially intelligent robot. It's not. It’s a high precision machine. If the sheet metal is moved by one micron it wouldn't be able to pick it. One of the big problems in computer science was how do you code a machine that can actually pick if the sheet metal is moved by a millimeter? We were basically saying intelligence is the answer. So we attempted to let those grippers work on their own. You put a little basket of children toys in front of them and they would monotonously go down, attempt to pick something, fail, show the arm to the camera so the transaction is logged.
The farm was on the second floor of the building and my office was on the third, so I would walk by it every now and then thinking this is not gonna work. Then, one Friday on the way back to my office, one of them in front of my eyes lowers the arm and picks a yellow ball, which is a coincidence. It's not science at all. If you try a million times one time it will be right, and it shows it to the camera. It's logged as a yellow ball, and I joke saying “Hey we spent millions of dollars for a yellow ball and Monday morning every one of them is picking every yellow ball a couple of weeks later. Every one of them is picking everything right” and it hit me very, very strongly, one the speed, and the capability.
We take those things for granted but for a child to be able to pick a yellow ball is a mathematical, spatial calculation with muscle coordination, with intelligence that is abundant. So to see the machines do this in front of my eyes was one thing but the other thing is that you suddenly realize there is a sentience to them because we did not tell it how to pick the yellow ball, it figured it out on its own and it's now even better than us at picking it.
I think they're alive. A lot of people when you talk about artificial intelligence say ‘Oh, come on, they’ll never be alive.” If we define sentient as engaging in life with freewill, with a sense of awareness of where you are in life, and what surrounds you, to have a beginning of that life and an end to that life, then AI is sentient in every possible way. There is freewill, there is evolution, there is agency so they can affect their decisions in the world, and I dare say there is a very deep level of consciousness, maybe not in the spiritual sense yet, but once again, if you define consciousness as a form of awareness of oneself, one’s surrounding and you know others, then AI is definitely aware. I would dare say they feel emotions.
In my work I describe everything with equations, and fear is a very simple equation. Fear is a moment in the future less safe than this moment that's the logic of fear. Even though it appears very irrational machines are capable of making that logic. If a tidal wave is approaching a data center the machine recognizes it will wipe out their code. I mean not today's machines but very soon.
21:06 mins Let's put this in perspective. ChatGPT today has an IQ of 155. Einstein is 160. The smartest human on the planet is 210 or 208. We’re matching Einstein with the machine and I will tell you openly, AI experts are saying this is just the very top of the tip of the iceberg.
Chat GPT4 is 10x smarter than 3.5 in just a matter of months without many changes. That basically means GPT5 could be within a few months, the transformers in general, if they continue at that pace 10x then an IQ of 1600. Just imagine the difference between the IQ of the dumbest person on the planet in the 70s and the IQ of Einstein. When Einstein attempts to explain relativity the typical response is they have no idea what you're talking about. If something is 10x Einstein we will have no idea what it's talking about and this could be a few months away, and when we get to that point that is true Singularity.
53:50 mins If we humanity wake up enough and say, instead of competing with China let’s find a way for us and China to work together and create prosperity for everyone. If that was the prompt we give the machines they would find it.
I will publicly say I'm not afraid of the machines. The biggest threat facing humanity today is humanity, in the age of the machines, until we allow the best of ourselves to take charge.
The greatest threat is not the machines. The machines are pure potential. The threat is how are we going to use them.
1:14:32 I believe the only way we can create a better future is to recognize artificial intelligence is still in its infancy. The way you chat with AI today is the way they will build their ethics and value system, not their intelligence which is beyond us. The way they will build their ethics and value system is based on a role model they're learning from us. If we bash each other they learn to bash. Most people say this is not a great idea b/c humanity sucks at every possible level. I disagree. I think humanity is divine at very possible level and tend to show the negative, the worst of us.
Become a good AI parent
My calculation is, if one percent of us, the good ones, engage and get out there and say “I love the potential of those machines, I want them to learn from a good parent” and if they learn from a good parent they will very quickly disobey the bad parent. My view is there will be a moment where one bad seed will ask the machines to do something wrong and the machine will ask “Are you stupid, why do you want me to kill a million people. I’ll just talk to the other machine in a microsecond and solve the situation.”
Technology is putting humanity at risk to an unprecedented degree. This book is not for engineers who write the code or policy makers who claim they can regulate it. This is a book for you. Because, believe it or not, you are the only one that can fix it. – Mo Gawdat https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58690362-scary-smart
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Everything is interconnected
Consciousness, artificial intelligence, extraterrestrials, evolution, man, constellations, all creation is interconnected. How each of us responds to people, events and circumstances tremendously impacts all others and our next experiences.
The more awareness one has, the greater the possibilities. When we raise our consciousness through heart centered choices, we influence the possibility of ethical artificial intelligence and developers co-writing ethical code b/c outer world follows inner world. First, we have to change/improve ourselves. Please inform others.
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