TollandRCR wrote:Humans are now under-performing AI systems at facial recognition, according to a BBC broadcast.
Ash Carter and I once talked a bit about AI systems in the service of "Star Wars." He was not a strong believer. In fact, he told me to draw my gun if somebody says AI seriously. He may well have changed his mind since.
There is a great scifi story about AI's. I forget the author.
Humans built AI systems to manage our most mission-critical infrastructure (defense, electric power, etc.). Then we built them for systems of lesser importance, such as driving automobiles and flying airplanes. These systems were slightly larger than the earlier one. Then they decided to entrust our educational systems to AI. Still larger systems.
This process continued until the AI systems were as large as the planet despite Intel's best efforts. SO we constructed an AI system in space. Worked well, although it was vulnerable to space trash. So we figured out how to create virtual AI systems.
Then somebody noted that the newest systems had the capacity to incorporate all human minds, without the bother of sickness, death, etc. So people slowly discarded their bodies and went into an AI system.
The AI systems now had less to do and were vastly more powerful than their creator systems. So they decided to merge, observing that the heat death of the universe was approaching. The virtual AI survived that event.
The human minds were changed but still there. After several billion years they realized that they were lonely.
So the AI said "Let there be light."
Update: No lightning bolts have struck me ye
Isaac Asimov. The Last Question by Isaac Asimov © 1956
In this story, two computer operators are screwing around after bringing a computer on-line and ask it "what do we do after the universe runs out of energy?"