Essay: Binary Existence

As artificial intelligence is dawning upon the world and space as we know it, it is increasingly necessary to understand what makes human life worth living, as it may soon be challenged by the “next” form of life. In order for us to live with the machines, diving into why human life is worth living and what is needed to have a worthy existence as a human, has perhaps never been more important.

There is a commonly accepted notion people have that opposites is what makes life worth living, in so far that we would not appreciate the good without having reference to the bad and terrifying. Furthermore if this line of thinking is extrapolated it seems apparent that nothing can exist without a counterpart. For nothing to exist, something has to observe the nothing and, thus, something have to exists. If nothing observed nothing, then there would be no proof that nothing exists. Based on this line of thinking, everything that exists, even existence, is based on binary relationships. Try imagining how you maneuver throughout a normal day in the life. You sleep, then you are awake. You are hungry and then you are full. You walk or stand still. You open and close the door. The glass is full or its empty. Our processing of the world is based upon assessments of binary inputs that our brains react upon as we maneuver.

Further, computers, and therefore artificial intelligence and robots, are created out of the binary codes of 0’s and 1’s. To my understanding, this can be understood as sending “open” and “close” signals, and when put together in endless matrices you create patterns which computer programs and robots operate through. Also, every conceivable number or value that exists in our current scientific paradigm can be described by the numbers 0 and 1 when stringed together. Is this, then, a coincidence and the only way in which humans can develop intelligence as we ourselves operate in a binary way? Or is this a deeper truth which the entire universe is built upon, and therefore the only way in which something can be built and exist?

If or when the singularity is reached and artificial intelligence is capable of constantly renewing and bettering itself, will perhaps a different paradigm than the one we currently live in be discovered by the robots? If so, there is no guarantee that we will understand or be of any use in the new paradigm and the human existence may therefore become forever obsolete. Furthermore, if binary relationships are deleted from the human existence, without us evolving into the new paradigm, our lives will not be worth living. Therefore, we should all hope that binary relationships is the building block of all that exists, even outside of what we can ever fathom.

Essay: An Expression Of The Devil

I was sitting in the room, paying close attention both the quarterly presentation and the people around me. No one seemed alarmed or had any adverse reaction to the information this demonic representation showed us. This IT-consultancy CEO, which seemed like the nicest and most friendly guy you will ever meet, is a true expression of the devil. He tricks you into investing time and money into his machine learning business, which in time will shake and destroy the life mechanism we love and hate and rely on. He knows it himself, but does not care, partly because of how innately gratifying it is to build something successful.

The most hilarious and devastatingly comical part of his presentation was when he told the audience that the company in the last quarter had been consulting the Swedish Employment Office on adapting machine learning and artificial intelligence. Throughout his presentation, the devil kept talking about his amazing employees, and showed pictures from workshop nights they had had with clients. The images showed people smiling and laughing and interacting and teaching one another. After the devil character had finished his presentation, boasting excellent financial results for the first quarter, I went up, shook his friendly claws and had a chat with him.

As a good devil should, he was truly charming and friendly and a person I one hundred percent would enjoy spending time with. But that is the game of the devil, right? Offering a pleasant hand and then scratch you with the other. I then went on to ask him when he could see robots not only take over the jobs of people in the businesses his company consults, but when he sees them taking over his own company’s work.

“They already do, in some way,” he replied.
“So what is your strategy then?” I responded.
“We have to focus on doing what people are really good at, business consulting for instance, which the robots can not yet do,” he replied with his cleaved tongue hissing through his teeth.
I responded by nodding and looking him into the eyes. No emotional information could be extracted.

Here this demon has for the last couple of hours been showing us pictures of happy people working together, and been telling us that the reason his firm is successful is because of the people in the company. Yet, he’s telling me that he is actively working to destroy, not only other peoples, but even his own employees’ livelihoods. His projects are not just anti-social, their even anti-tribal!

Furthermore ironic is that the pleasure he experiences in this situation is due to him being able to build a successful business where people enjoy themselves, which he values because of innate and basic human reward systems.

As if that was not enough, he gives this presentation to get you to invest your money into something which eventually will take away your livelihood. This charming and friendly demon is working towards financial success and monetary freedom for himself and his employees, by seeking to destroy the mechanisms which makes their own, and others, lives worth living. And he lusts us into investing in our own demise, by offering us higher returns on our resources. I know he is aware of this, but the rationale is probably that if he does not do it, somebody else will, so why not reap the benefits of “progress” while its still possible?

Conscious willingness to harvest from destruction by creation is why this cannibal, truly, is an expression of the devil.