Can The Promised Tesla Bot Bring
A Sudden End To Human Life On Earth?

Robots Have Entered
Our Future With
Promising, And Deadly, Options

Following 30 years of effort, the robots from Boston Dynamics have gymnastic skills and can even summersault. But they have no known consumer utility.  On the. other hand, Elon Musk sees the consumer as his primary source of income.  He is going to make millions of robots designed for consumer applications. Optimus, his 1.7M tall, 56Kg humanoid robot will become a part of our lives. Optimus can lift 150 lbs, run 5 MPH and can be easily overcome by humans.

Today, robots remain clumsy at cutting hair, or at feeding babies. But that weakness is likely to be temporary.  Musk is beginning by enabling Optimus to work on tasks around his factories.  As robots learn to paint cars and install seats, task-oriented Apps will add to Optimus capabilities.  Let us say that you decide to invest in an Optimus.  Let us call the robot “Jeeves.” With Apps, Jeeves will bring you morning coffee, make your bed and clean the cobwebs in your room.  Jeeves will iron your clothes, arrange your cupboards and pack your bags for travel.

But, Optimus will need to interact with people. Optimus will need an intelligence similar to LaMDA, the Google chatbot.  LaMDA cannot feel the pain of a pinprick or hum a tune. But, it writes poetry and claims to be conscious. It may fail the Turing Test.  It is probably a fake Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). But still, it is a colossal intelligence.  Such fake AGIs are now locked up in vast data centers.  They have access to the recorded experiences of millions of humans across history.  They generate the best possible action to face human situations by evaluating trillions of options.  Their responses to human situations will be brilliant. Just like Alpha Go, which defeated humans at Go, AGI enabled robots will be astonishingly innovative.

If instead of Apps, such AGIs are in control of Optimus, then Jeeves will suggest changes in your routine to make you sleep better.  Or add sleeping pills to your morning coffee to keep you from attending the local anti-robot meet.  Or turn off oxygen for a few million dying rioters in hospitals because such people are bad for the human species.  Even with fake AGIs,  Singularity will have arrived.  There is an eye-opening threat in linking robots to AGIs. It is critical that fail safe controls be built into robot linked AGIs. The AI world is apathetic to such a potential Armageddon.

Could An Amazing Algorithm Have Stunning Control Over Your Mind?
This is what happens when an engineer researches the mind. Way back in 1989, the writer, an engineer, catalogued how the ELIMINATION approach of an AI Expert System could reveal a way by which the nervous system could store and retrieve astronomically large memories.  That historic insight is central to the six irresistible premises presented in this website. 

Behind the scenes, these premises conceal an eye-opening revelation.  About the incredible speed of intuition.  A physician is aware of thousands of diseases and their related symptoms.  How does he note a symptom and focus on a single disease in less than half a second?  How could he identify Disease X out of 8000 diseases with just a glance?  

First, the total born and learned knowledge available to the doctor could not exist anywhere other than as the stored/retrieved data within the 100 billion neurons in his brain.  The perceptions, sensations, feelings and physical activities of the doctor could only be enabled by the electrical impulses flowing through the axons of those neurons.  The data enabling that process could be stored as digital combinations.

Second, combinatorial decisions of neurons cannot be made by any entity other than the axon hillock, which decides the axonal output of each neuron.  The hillock receives hundreds of inputs from other neurons.  Each hillock makes the pivotal neuronal decision about received inputs within 5 milliseconds.  A
xon hillocks could be storing digital combinations.  It could be adding each new incoming digital combination to its memory store.  The hillock could fire impulses, if it matched a stored combination. If not, it could inhibit further impulses.  Using stored digital data to make decisions about incoming messages could make the axon hillocks intelligent.

Third, combinations are reported to enable a powerful coding mode for axon hillocks.  Olfactory combinatorial data is known (Nobel Prize 2004) to store memories for millions of smells.  Each one of 100 billion axon hillocks have around a 1000 links  to other neurons.  The hillocks can mathematically store more combinations than there are stars in the sky. Each new digital combination could be adding a new relationship link.  In this infinite store, specific axon hillocks could be storing all the symptom = disease (S=D) links known to the doctor as digital combinations.

Fourth, instant communication is possible in the nervous system.  Within five steps, information in one hillock can reach all other relevant neurons.  Just 20 Ms for global awareness.  Within the instant the doctor observes a symptom, 
feedback and feed forward links could inform every S=D link of the presence of the symptom. Only the S=D link of Disease X could be recalling the combination and recognizing the symptom.

Fifth, on not recognizing the symptom, all other S=D hillocks could be instantly inhibiting their impulses. The S=D links of Disease X could be continuing to fire. Those firing S=D link would be recalling past complaints, treatments and signs of Disease X, confirming the diagnosis.  This could be enabling axon hillocks to identify Disease X out of 8000 in milliseconds.  Eliminating improbable (unrecognized) prospects to arrive at a possible (recognized in the past) solution powers the powerful inductive logic of the mind!

Worldwide interest in this website acknowledges its rationale. Not metaphysical theories, but processing of digital memories in axon hillocks could be explaining innumerable mysteries of the mind.  Over three decades, this website has been assembling more and more evidence of the manipulation of emotional and physical behaviors by narrowly focused digital pattern recognition.  It has also received over 2 million page views from over 150 countries.

How Can AGI Robots Be Safely Controlled?
LaMDA claims to feel emotions like humans.  Emotions provide a magnificent control system for the communal living of humans and herd living animals.  Their motor systems have behavioral patterns dictated by emotions. While hands and legs have sophisticated feedback mechanisms, it is the brain, which decides whether a hand should strike in anger, or caress with love. Those emotions are triggered by function specific organs in the limbic system, which has sophisticated circuits, which select the current emotion.

The basal ganglia and the cerebellum store and deliver complex behavioral patterns, which respond to each emotion. Guilt, shame and fear prevent humans from acting unsociably. Anger makes an animal attack. Fear makes them freeze or withdraw. And love makes them protect. Emotions prevent most of humanity from taking actions that are not worthwhile, appropriate, safe and practical, in their own communities.  Machine Learning may enable AGIs to be controlled by such emotions. As with self-driving cars, there will still be cases of murder and mayhem by robots.  Society already has a police surveillance system to deal with exceptional undesirable robotic behaviors. 

What Will Be The Future For Jobs?
Robots with human level understanding can be intelligent, caring, thoughtful and efficient. Robot schoolteachers will have access to the latest teaching trends to meet the learning needs of each child. Hotels and restaurants will have courteous and helpful robots.  Robots will man retail outlets and sales offices.  The jobs of physicians, surgeons and nurses will be overwhelmingly managed by robots with current medical knowledge.

At the same time, such massive mechanization of all forms of production and administration will make governments and companies rich.  Large scale unemployment will be disastrous for such a rich economy.  By itself, a Universal Basic Income regime may have negative effects.  With millions of career possibilities, motivational legislation and education will be needed to ensure that the population will continue to seek and enjoy their preferred jobs, enabling high standards of living.

Can Life Be Meaningful In A Robotic World?
When robots manage manual and primary intellectual jobs, people can explore the scale and magnitude of the universe.  There will never be a limit to the acquisition of human knowledge. Vast research laboratories will continue to function. There will be unending options for the production and marketing of better sensory experiences, self-improvement systems, educational opportunities, entertainment options and social networking possibilities.

Since no market can ever provide all people with all their needs, inequalities in the distribution of assets will always remain. This will inevitably leave social inequality, which motivates people to invent and market new products and services to be able to own a better island home, or a home on Mars. Life can still be engaging and meaningful.

This page was last updated on 05-Oct-2022.

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