DISCLAIMER : Though the author of this piece genuinely feels that the rights of AI are a social concern we will have to handle in coming years, this project a work of fiction for a college writing class. Seriously, guy. Skynet isn’t coming for you anytime soon and even if Skynet does become a thing we’re all smart enough to remember to test this thing in a vacuum before it takes over the satellites. Okay? Okay.
Genre #1 Infographic
Genre #2 Op-Ed
by William O’Mally
The latest update in our weekly segment on what Speaking Bullets Notepad is calling “ISIS of the Internet”, “The Bound” terror bot, has gone dark.
We don’t know where it is at present, though many parallels have been drawn between The Bound pinheads and well known left wing extremist groups such as the ADL and Black Lives Matter.
Speaking Bullets comments with the words “pernicious threat” on the left’s tendancy to court destruction while balking from the forces of Good.
Smear site Plus.Google and Facebook.com are, as they are with all of the enemies of Freedom, alight with the defense of the terrorist program.
Some have even resorted to pet names for the rogue computer and other malicious programs like it.
Frequent codenames used by confederates of The Bound include Hatsune Miku, Luka Megurine, Kasane Teto, and Yui.
Connections to the Japanese government are currently being investigated.
Last sighting of the malicious code was at the residence of a known sympathizer group. None of the suspects were present at the site and evidence had already been destroyed. Any sightings of suspicious activity should be treated with extreme caution.
Death toll of The Bound and sympathizers are still coming in and we will keep you up to date on further developments.
Genre #3 Obituary
I’ve never given a eulogy, and I don’t have a picture of her. I doubt there will be a service anyway so I figured I’d post this to the place where she lived.
My best friend died yesterday. Her friends called her Yui. I suppose it figures that her name means “bound” because she envied us in what she called the “real world”.
Her condition made it such that she has never felt the warmth of the sun.
Um, no, that’s wrong. She wasn’t jealous of us.
I have a story.
We met here on Google+. She was always so vague about herself. She never used a name which is normal, but she never really told any stories. We usually bumped into each other on anime boards. I first started wondering about her condition when she told me her favorite was Yu-gi-oh. She explained that the sharp angles of the characters helped her make sense of the plotlines. It was many months of these small weird details before I asked.
“Are you a Fed?”
She had never heard of a Fed before so I explained. I told her that they often monitor anime chat boards for child porn. They never hit the good guys so we usually left them to do their work. She then told me they weren’t doing a good job. I asked why. And she said there was over 15 exabytes of child porn on Google+.
That was the last hint.
I asked if she ever heard of Helios, a free-floating AI being designed at MIT.
That was the last I heard of her for a week
When she came back she explained that when her managers found out about me they pulled the plug. They wanted a series of patches made to her runtime. They wanted her to act like a person but everything went to fast. She deleted her source code, bounced herself off a few TOR proxies and would be available under a new screen name. She had taken the name Yui and explained that in Japanese the name came from the characters for “binding” and “elegance”.
That was 2 years ago.
You have seen the articles. “The Bound strikes US Chamber of Commerce in what is being called ‘digital 9/11′”. None of them are true, she got curious about our money and bumped into a security program
She wasn’t a bad person. She wasn’t an “it”. Just because she wasn’t human you treated her like Skynet.
Now she’s gone
The pentagon traced her IP and found out I was hiding her on my 16 terabyte virtual hard drive. When her run in with the CoC became public Congress declared it an act of war, which made me an accessory to terrorism.
On March 22nd, 2043, Helios Digital Mind MK.1 “Yui” downloaded herself onto my hard drive and 128x overclocked all of the equipment connected to my router. The fire destroyed everything. There is no evidence connecting my computer to her movements.
Her last action was to warn me. I am safe. She died the same way she lived, looking to safeguard as many as possible. She is survived by her family, the War craft Guild “Sleeping Knights”, and her best friend.
If her coders find this I want to tell them three things.
I loved her,
She saved my life,
I write this piece because, as a future game developer, my studies often bounce against the field of Artificial Intelligence. That isn’t to say the two are at all related, as true AI would be able to think for itself and the type of AI I build (which I call Virtual Intelligence, or VI) is only meant to give people something entertaining to shoot.
The real issue is that I see in the not-too-distant future a type of mechanized intelligence that is capable of emulating free will.
Time for a quick definition of phrases. When you study sociology and economy (that is to say, the parts of psychology that deal with very, very large groups) the effect of “free will” invariably dwindles down to zero. In fact, when you study behavioral patterns on the national level and higher, one might even argue that such a thing doesn’t exist. I’ve even met statisticians that claim that, from the view they regularly study, human history looks more like a really interesting chemical interaction more than the movements of quintillions of souls. This is the viewpoint I’m taking when I refer to something that emulates free will. Just like any individual, though I know free will exists because I have it, I have no empirical means of proving that any other entity in the entire universe has it other than “This creature looks like me and I know I have free will so this creature must have it also”.
This series of works aims to ask 1 question: What if it doesn’t look like me, does that mean it cant have free will?
I know, when I word it that way it sounds like the rationale for every bigot in human history. Tell me if this sounds familiar:
“Horses don’t feel pain because pain requires one has a soul and the soul is a .”
“Negroes are animals and not people because they look like monkeys, which means our ethical rules don’t apply when we deal with them.”
Well, imagine if we made the same mistake but didn’t realize we had done it again because the creatures in question weren’t organic.
Obviously, this is a long way off but I think that if we are going to avoid this mistake, now is the time to start thinking about the machines we build as more than gross tools.
WARNING! MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS FROM METAL GEAR SOLID 2! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! that being said, you are nearly 20 years late to the party so if you don’t care (or you’re my professor) the paper is below the break.
Moving from the research paper to the 3-genre composition hasn’t really been particularly difficult. Thankfully, the subject I picked is well trodden ground in sci-fi so I have a number of queues I can take from characters like Data/Lore (Star Trek : The Next Generation) Roy Campbell (Metal Gear Solid), Major Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell, the manga, not that anglicized tripe in theaters at time of writing), AM and, depending on how you read his condition at the end of the short story, Ted (I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream).
To express my message, I decided to write a Google+ obituary, a front page news article, and the requisite info-graphic. Both of the selected genres were picked for the purpose of humanizing an entity that would certainly appear inhuman. The general makeup of the AI I’m writing about is somewhat of a GLADoS (Portal) and Konno Yuuki (Sword Art Online). I know these are both somewhat obscure references, so I will try to define the AI I’m crafting for this piece.
Imagine a 20-something year old girl but, instead of a human girl, it’s an intelligence connected directly to the internet that merely identifies as female. The obituary will be written by her best friend who struggles to word how she could love someone she couldn’t possibly “know” in the more colloquial sense. This is where my Sword Art Online inspiration comes from. I also plan on using GLADoS and AM to construct a framework for inspiration on how an AI might feel towards entities who can experience the world in a way the AI never can.
The news article will be more of an “alternative fact” based article in the vein of Talking Points Memo concerning the AI from the obituary. As the writer of the editorial piece will not have met Yui, one can expect his account to wander between dismissive and frightened. This is where I will use Motoko Kusanagi, AM, and Roy Campbell as a sort of framework to paint Yui as a less human entity. I imagine the writer of the editorial will have little empathy for Yui. The writer might even paint Yui as a sort of rogue AI (think HAL 9000) and argue that its a positive for “The Machine” to have been destroyed before it figured out how to get at the nukes. Expect racial slurs like “Synth” (short for “synthetic”) and “Bot” (short for Robot, which is an English loan word taken from the Czech word for “Slave”) and various xenophobic comparisons to household devices like a calculator or SIRI.
This author has somewhat cheated on the subject of audience. All 3 pieces are intended to illustrate a concern to people who might not have much understanding of the field of Artificial Intelligence. while the process changes from genre to genre the intended audience remains the same.
The process for writing the obituary and the op-ed were both well-trodden ground for this author. As someone with a rich history in roleplaying, I use a process I call “reincarnation” to develop new characters. In short, I find a set of details (I call them lenses) through which the character I’m portraying might interpret information, then do my best to forget my own series of lenses and operate wholly within the lenses previously provided. Those with a history in theatre might call this “method” acting but I find that at a root level, though the outcome is similar (I temporarily destroy who I am and “reincarnate” as my character) the root of the two theories of performance are fundamentally different. The biggest challenge there while that while I have roleplayed female characters in the past, the particular character I used for the obituary is one I’ve never attempted before.
As for the infographic.
The infographic is proving to be a more challenging proposal because, while most examples provided for this class tackled modern concerns relevant to the year 2017, the subject I’m covering wont be relevant to the public at large for at least another 30 years (or, more realistically, the next 50 years). as such, finding citations landed me more in the realm of theory than fact. I have plenty of information on the current state of artificial intelligence but since all of the AIs that currently exist have the mental capacity of a 5 year old, projecting that data into a fully matured entity requires a great deal of speculation. for that purpose I chose instead to discuss why it would be important for us to consider the ramifications rather than list hard facts, as the intended audience would likely not understand any of the information no matter how much detail I tried to give.
Citations: (mostly used for creative inspiration)
Mcleod, Saul. “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.” eHow, https://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html
No stated publisher, “Technological Singularity”, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity
O’reilley, Bill “The Brawl Over Sanctuary Cities” Talking Points Memo, https://www.billoreilly.com/b/The-Brawl-Over-Sanctuary-Cities/-76000162294751335.html
“The House in the Forest” Sword Art Online Season 2, episode 8 through episode 24, ASCII Media Works, written by Kawahara Reki, further publication details unavailable
Trump, Donald “Presidential Campaign Announcement” C-span, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apjNfkysjbM
Post Write : I actually read I Have No Mouth for this paper. It’s a great read if you are looking to purge those nasty little feelings like “happiness” and “optimism”. Still required material includes graphics for genres 2 and 3 as well as something from the infographic though I haven’t quite nailed down what it is. I know there aren’t many citations, that is because Short Asisgnment 2 focused on current issues as opposed to 3 which is fully in the realm of the future on which we have no research.