Friday, February 9, 2018

Part II: Highlights from the Stargate TV Series

AI/Robot Apocalypse

This is a theme that has been getting more attention lately.  Did the Stargate franchise give us a glimpse of the danger of runaway AI that awaits us (if things don’t change) in the Asurans ( and Replicators?

The Replicators are very sophisticated machines that, driven by the instinct to reproduce and to feed on the very technology that might defeat them, have wreaked havoc in several galaxies.

The Replicators that originated in the Milky Way exist in two forms. The first appears as a mechanical analog of an arachnid or spider. Individuals of this form have simple but highly destructive behaviors and the capacity for independent action at a basic, instinctive level. Their success in overcoming advanced beings and technology is a result of their ability to reproduce, to learn, and to act collectively to achieve a common aim. Over a sub-space communication network, the computing powers of the individuals are used together to create and transmit new instructions for all Replicators, advancing their mission. In this way they are even able to take command of on-board ship's systems such as navigation or sensors. By applying what they have learned collectively in the past, they are even able to modify such systems. They always seek more advanced technology than what they currently have.

Each mechanical Replicator is made of "blocks" held together by a keron-based energy field. A keron is an energy particle unknown to Earth scientists. Each block has advanced computing technology, although a single block by itself is inert.

Replicators ingest raw materials, such as ship hulls, which they use to construct additional Replicators. To help with ingestion, they spray acid at the materials from a mouth-like spout. The acid spray may also be used as a weapon. Replicators are able to use a ship's power to help in the replication process; thus they seek out energy sources. A critical mass of blocks is necessary to link up via the keron energy and form a new Replicator. A larger number of Replicators achieves a higher level of cognition, provided the sub-space network is functioning.

The second, more evolved Replicator has a human form; it is capable of very advanced reasoning and independent action. Still, lIke their mechanical predecessors, human form replicators are greatly strengthened by their collective computing, or reasoning. Human Form Replicators tend to establish a hierarchy of command amongst themselves. They are able to communicate with and control mechanical replicators en masse. Human Form Replicators are comprised of nano-scale components as well, only with no visible blocks. In fact they are able to morph their appendages very precisely through a liquid state into a new solid shape, then back to human form again. They are able to command structures built of their own components, from walls to entire ships, without physical contact.

Human Form Replicators are able to enter the minds of biological beings such as humans. While doing so, they may create false realities for the human in order to elicit information or some desired behavior from them [A blunt suggestion of nanotech mind-control that is on the drawing board?  See, e.g., and --W.G.]. The humans experience pain from the ordeal, but no lasting effects.

Here is what folks have been saying about AI/robots, which bears a close resemblance to the fictional Stargate account:

But, many folks who are really in the know have voiced concerns that artificial intelligence could signal the end of humanity.  Dr. Stephen Hawking has been ringing the warning bell for years now. In 2014, he told the BBC:

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever-increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded. (source)

Hawking isn’t alone. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, warned that we could see some terrifying issues within the next five years:

The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most. Please note that I am normally super pro technology and have never raised this issue until recent months. This is not a case of crying wolf about something I don’t understand.

The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I’m not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like Deepmind, you have no idea how fast — it is growing at a pace close to exponential.

I am not alone in thinking we should be worried.

The leading AI companies have taken great steps to ensure safety. They recognize the danger, but believe that they can shape and control the digital superintelligences and prevent bad ones from escaping into the Internet. That remains to be seen… (source)

But that isn’t all Musk had to say. In the video below he put it even more strongly: “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.”

A video from the same article shows the fallen nature of these machines, made in the image of fallen man:

A couple of other robot videos show a similarity to Replicator behavior and appearance:

Swarm self-assembly:

Spider bots:


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð, unworthy though we are!

Anathema to the Union!

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