From Video Games to The AI Arms Race

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Recently, American author, futurist, philosopher, transhumanist, and 2016 presidential hopeful, Zoltan Istvan, wrote an article about the global arms race to create a superintelligent AI.  With recent news of Google’s bio inspired AI beating 49 retro video games, we can see AI developing at a rate that is alarmingly fast.  Some are saying, with enough resources, we can see this superintelligence in about 10 to 20 years.

This should be cause for some serious evaluation of humanity’s role in the future.  What will AI become?  Will it take on human traits, both faults and strengths?  Will AI ever love and respect humans?  Will AI ever develop a self awareness?  Some feel this is a matter of time, some feel it’ll never happen.  Either way, AI is definitely on the horizon.  Politically speaking, Istvan brings up some valid concerns for global development and national security.  The main point being, who is going to develop and release this technology first?  This is a major concern because it, not only sets a precedence for what uses it would be employing, but it would also set a superpower arms/superintelligence race for domination.

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Andrew Bliss is an award winning film maker and photographer with experience in writing, directing, producing, editing, and visual effects. He has lived all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Italy. He is a first generation Indonesian and a second generation Fin. He has over six years experience as a US Navy broadcast journalist. While in the Navy, he graduated top of his class, won several awards for his work in Europe and Africa, managed Marines at Combat Camera at the Pentagon, and produced a feature film. The film was produced in Italy while on active duty.Prior to serving in the Navy, Andrew was a professional martial artist with numerous awards including Athlete of the Year (1999), International Champion (two years in a row), and was the first competitor to place first in seven events in international competition (two years in a row). He trained with the prestigious Beijing Wushu team and has over ten years experience as a coach and mentor.After serving in the Navy, he taught for Apple, made several award winning short films, and earned a degree in Interactive Design. He is also an alumnus of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.