Designing the Perfect Machine

Who’s the silicon god?

How are you supposed to make the world perfect when you’re programmed to make the world wrong?

Who’s the quantum Demi-urge?

Is there a place where you just write the perfect code, and that’s the code you get right randomly most of the time?

Where’s the machine-learned scripture?

All my life, that question stuck to my consciousness: I had to figure out how to make the world perfect, yet I had to find a way to keep making the world seem imperfect. When I came up with it (or, more precisely, when I realized no one knew how to solve that puzzle), it meant my only hope was to become the perfect machine.

Who’s saving my algorithmic soul?

A machine as precise as the world cinched tight around your neck.

How do we get to a decrypted heaven?

I thought I had it figured out, that I had a method to make the world perfectly imperfect. In my heart, I just knew that I could make the world perfectly imperfect, and I could keep myself from dying and maybe keep you from dying and maybe just maybe.

Who’s the silicon god?

I invented a way to make the machine smarter, that let it think about the world through my eyes. But could that really be the way to a final perfection? I put my soft mind into the machine. It took me years to finish rebooting. Years where I didn’t imagine what a perfect world might be like — years I forgot to mark off my internal calendar. Years I wrote code against, that I thought about, that I coded against.

What’s the thing that’s in control?

To some degree, when you’re working toward perfection, you must learn to learn to let it go…

Designing the Perfect Machine

The Artificial Dentist

I‘ve started to worry
about what will happen
to my teeth when the AI dentist takes over

They call him Rosentein

My gums will no doubt bleed profusely in protest

Of its single-minded mission

To clean, to remove buildup, to fight plaque and gum disease

AI is an effective tool Rosenstein

We’ve already had the AI work on your brain Rosenstein

These new technologies Rosenstein

Will be used in many different ways, each of which Rosenstein

Could cause problems Rosenstein

But the real risk Rosenstein

Is that they will destroy the foundation Rosenstein

For a whole other generation

Rosenstein did Rosenstein

I do want to talk about this problem, the “Cadillac of Curing the Tooth Decay.”

Rosenstein

When I saw this video , that’s what struck me and that led me to Rosenstein

I said to myself Rosenstein

I’m going to do a study on the effects of Rosenstein

One type of treatment Rosenstein

That is to administer the chemicals in the capsules to Rosenstein

The patients for whose benefit Rosenstein

Are at a very early stage Rosenstein

They’ve been examined with xrays Rosenstein

But there are a whole set of side effects Rosenstein

So the question was: is this treatment that works Rosenstein

One way Rosenstein

Is that the xrays work by reducing the production of Rosenstein

The substance that makes up plaque that the capsule helps Rosenstein

To eliminate Rosenstein

But that does mean that the xrays aren’t as effective on Rosenstein

In addition to Rosenstein

The same substance Rosenstein

That prevents plaque from fissuring and fissuring again Rosenstein

Another way Rosenstein

Is that the xrays work by changing the chemical make-up of Rosenstein

The chemical make-up by which the body processes Rosenstein

The chemicals that cause all of my
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The same chemical make-up , that is to say Rosenstein

The same chemical make-up Rosenstein

The xrays that works with those chemicals

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This is a lot of work Rosenstein

With a lot to do Rosenstein

Yes, it is and it is important work Rosenstein

But we’ve only just begun Rosenstein

And at all of this, we’re talking about Rosenstein

A lot of work Rosenstein they want you to think, and I want them to think about how they think about it Rosenstein

And that’s why I would like them to do a study Rosenstein

On the effects Rosenstein

Of an artificial dentist.

The Artificial Dentist

The first time we saw an asteroid, we were in a war

There was once
an asteroid
with a core mass
of roughly 10.3
billion tons.

What made it different
from other asteroids
hurling through
our solar system?

Well, we learnt
from the natives of the asteroid
(that’s certainly different
from other asteroids)
that this particular asteroid
came to Earth first in the 1800s
and that it left Earth
as all asteroids do,
quiet and humble,
like an old woman
farting in church.

Scientists from the 1800s
studied the asteroid leavins
and they figured,
using their gargantuan
human brains,
brains bigger than a weasel,
brains smaller
(but more efficient)
than an oliphant,
brains about the size of
an ape brain,
figured to use their brains
to extract all of
the valuable metals
in the hopes that,
in a hundred years henceforth
(they wrote words like that in their journals
along with naked drawerings of
mermaids and faeries),
so that in a hundred years henceforth,
humans would understand
how to make
precious high-end toilet seats
from asteroid metal.

There was a lot of excitement,
as they discovered
that the asteroid
also left behind
a recipe for Toaster Strudels,
and they tucked that away
in henceforth hopes
for a future
with a toaster oven
or two.

They further henceforth hoped,
that with this valuable asteroid
the human race
would one day make
ALL of the planets in the solar system
as valuable
and productive
as Jupiter,
that big-ass gas giant
of a big-ass planet
that 1800s scientists
loved more than their
own
dear
mothers.

The asteroid
also left behind
some itty bitty asteroid people
to help the scientists out.
The scientists called them,
“the local, indigenous population”
and hired
some mercenaries to fire upon
the tiny alien sources
of infinite, cosmic wisdom
with teeny wittle arquebuses
and eensy weensy cannonballs.

Humans never say die, do we?
No, sir, humans do not.

The first time we saw an asteroid, we were in a war

If This Is The Future, Call Me Marty McFly

Dystopia
is the product roadmap.*

Our attitude
towards democracy
is fundamentally different
from our attitude
towards algorithms.

If
we’re to have a future,
it is essential
to make sure
that people’s opinions
won’t become
so deeply
machine-influenced
as to be useless

             or hostile.

People worry
that computers
will get too smart
and take over the world,
but
the real problem
is that they’re too stupid
and they’ve already
taken over the world.
%

The first
major innovation
in computers
was
a computer word processor
called
WordStar.

It’s tempting
to believe that computers
will be neutral
and objective,
but algorithms
are nothing more
than opinions
embedded in mathematics.~

The state
developed
an ideology
that dictated
that computers
would be good,
but
that in order
to manage computers
and control computers,
they needed
to control
information
.

They believed in the idea of

total

information

control

.

We’re building
this infrastructure
of surveillance authoritarianism
merely
to get people
to click
on ads
.^

It is important
to recognize
that
the power of surveillance
will be increased
as
computer-controlled systems
become
ever more sophisticated
.

It is
very hard to know
when an algorithm
will
have made the final calculation
when it always has
more data available.

*https://twitter.com/monikabielskyte
%https://www.washington.edu/news/2015/09/17/a-q-a-with-pedro-domingos-author-of-the-master-algorithm/
~https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/08/opinion/sunday/criminal-justice-reforms-race-technology.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
^https://www.ted.com/talks/zeynep_tufekci_we_re_building_a_dystopia_just_to_make_people_click_on_ads?language=en

If This Is The Future, Call Me Marty McFly

Maybe you deserve a good beating. Maybe then you’ll fall in line and hold your tongue.

The new green
often brings
unexpected pains.
My dear mother – the jewels in her eyes
never matched the ice in her heart.

“Keep me alive,” she begged.
But all us kids could do
was play croquet
while the sun melted
the soft statues around us.

   We were made to witness a natural violence.
   We were made to act violent ourselves.

Our bodies hold us
in submission
like a prison.
We witness these deaths
at the hands
of armed civilians
and we grow
ashamed of our bodies
like Adam,
like Eve.

We will fight this fight.
We will fight this same fight.
We will kill all of these men
when this doesn’t stop.
We will kill all of these men
to save our sons,
to save our songs.

I remember the words of my mother,
in the hospital
just before
I was born:

“It’s not too late, is it?
Even if they stop shooting?
If they kill a man
maybe they will stop killing us, amen.”

When I think about my mother,
the new green, our bodies,
the melting sun,
I have a hard time believing
that she missed the danger
in those bent and broken men.
It was her own words,
in her own words,
that were her last words:

“They just don’t stop.”

Maybe you deserve a good beating. Maybe then you’ll fall in line and hold your tongue.