Computers are programed by humans and will automatically do stupid stuff which will be their undoing. Basically the cybernetic version of “Hold my beer and watch this.”

If here is a segment of human interaction that has been prodded, programed and advanced for AI is shopping. And they still can screw it up royally. The example is this email I got this morning from Amazon:

Those who know me would laugh themselves into tears.  I am the last guy you would see climbing on a boat and going out in the high seas. I probably hold the record of being the only guy who got seasick on a docked cruise ship during a very nice and calm day.

Not only it was a shock to me how easy I can spew chunks on a marine vessel, but the sea itself has tried to kill me three times via rip currents, the last one also almost taking my beloved wife.

So where on Earth did the algorithms of Amazon come up with the idea that I may need marine emergency shit when I am the guy who has not gotten his feet wet in the ocean in 24 years?

Computers are stupid, just like the humans.

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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

12 thoughts on “Why I don’t fear A.I. doomsday”
      1. Elimination through passive-aggressive suggestions? They encourage you to buy all this boating stuff then you’ll feel the obligation to use it so you haven’t wasted your money. Then voila…. lost at sea. One less troublesome human to contend with.

  1. Anyone who’s an active computer gamer can tell you: AI ain’t near as scary as people want to believe.

    Still have fond memories of the bad guys in FEAR trying to take cover… on the wrong side of a wall.

    1. AI, like nuclear fusion, has been “just around the corner” for about 50 years now. Neither still show any sign of becoming real soon, if ever.

      1. Every common programming technique and tool first appeared in an article with “Artificial Intelligence” in its title.

  2. There really MUST be something wrong with me.

    All I saw was:
    Mobster problem solver

  3. Uhh, It looks to me like the AI is predicting that the sea is coming to you. Not that you are going to the sea.

    Last time I looked, the water is only a few dozen feet from your back door. And that cable box is going to be underwater shortly, again.

  4. UHhh…no…you’re not the only guy to feel sick on a cruise ship at the dock! Just saying…

    Once underway it was all smooth sailing. But the up and down at the dock: sheesh!

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