My early research related to neural networks, but a couple of decades ago I became intrigued by ORCH OR and have been doing research in that area ever since.
Sadly we live in a time when scientific research is under heavy threat. This is particular so in AI, which can be and is being perverted by governments and private corporations in ways extremely antithetical to fundamental human rights and freedoms.
Some examples of the abuse to which I and many of my colleagues object: AI is currently being used for development of self-directed autonomous armed machines of war, deep learning profile analysis to monitor and limit free speech and dissent, expanding and embedding neuromarketing as de facto culture, social engineering of opinions and voting patterns on social media, and so on down a very long list. To see this abuse of AI research in action one need look no further than the use of AI purchased from U.S. corporations by dictator Erdoğan of Turkey to hunt down dissenters, or the use of AI tools provided initially by U.S. corporations to run the Great Firewall of China (a mass censorship system).
When criminals and their syndicates occupy the seats of power it behoves us all to protect scientific research from those who would debase it. The history of science is replete with examples of why this is so.
"I am the world’s greatest person ... So we had to get very, very tough on cyber and cyber warfare. It is a huge problem. I have a son ... He has computers. He is so good with these computers. It’s unbelievable. The security aspect of cyber is very, very tough. And maybe, it's hardly doable. But I will say, we are not doing the job we should be doing. But that’s true throughout our whole governmental society. We have so many things that we have to do better .. And certainly cyber is one of them ... As far as the cyber ... we should be better than anybody else, and perhaps we’re not. .... We're losing a lot of people because of the Internet. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people. We have a lot of foolish people." United States President Donald Trump
With such highly literate, modest, and intelligent politicians at the helm, "the cyber" is obviously in safe hands. For if history has shown us one irrevocable truth, it is that there is nothing whatsoever to fear from the machinations of "the world's greatest person" or any of similar ilk. Nor is there even the remotest chance that such excellent politicians would ever abuse, misuse, or corrupt AI for use against the good of others. Surely scientific research with the potential of AI would never, ever be used by such folks to harm others. For as Einstein said before Hitler seized power: "It absolutely cannot happen here. The German people would never allow it." Right?
We live, as the old curse goes, in interesting times
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