AIR FORCE COLONEL WHO TOLD US SCARY AI TEST DRONE STORY NOW QUICKLY TOTALLY RECANTS IT
So what the hell? It was only yesterday that we heard about the latest example that the Terminator movies and artificial intelligence (Skynet), or AI, was maybe not science fiction but maybe more like non-fiction prediction. In other words, those AI brains can get minds of their own, and decide that we, their creators, are the biggest threat that needs to be taken out. And the news yesterday was absolutely thematic with this dynamic. But today, the very same Air Force Colonel that related this news now absolutely, positively recants that he ever said what he said about the AI test.
AI TEST DRONE MAY (OR MAY NOT?) HAVE TRIED TO KILL ITS OPERATORS AFTER THEY CANCELED MISSION
So what was the AI test that never happened? The USAF supposedly ran a simulation, where an AI-enabled drone instead killed its human operators when said operators tried to cancel its mission. In other words, the AI drone’s number one priority was to complete its mission, and achieve its programmed goal. And in the supposed simulation that (now) never happened, the AI drone then decided that its human operator(s) became the enemy that first had to be taken out in order to achieve its goal, and complete its mission. It that sounds more than casually concerning, you never saw any Terminator movies, or even I, Robot (the book is, of course, better, but requires more brainpower).
BUT NOW, AI TEST DRONE SIMULATION ACTUALLY NEVER HAPPENED AT ALL- DON’T YOU FEEL RELIEVED?
But good news for us all today? Because the same Air Force Colonel who made me shake my head in I-told-you-so despair yesterday now says the he simply “misspoke.” Whew! That’s a relief! Now, he says there was no simulation, and what he talked about was only something that the Air Force had only thought about. A USAF spokesperson also chimed in saying the earlier comments “were taken out of context.” Um, what? What happened to my relief? Now, it suddenly feels like the AI test drone is maybe circling these officers, and making them recant the original story about its mission priorities?