(The following blog is contributed and composed by regular reader, Ms. K.M.):

This site has many times mentioned the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its relationship to both the inability to contain it and also to its direct relationship to transhumanists (or perhaps “trans-inhumanists”). I’m reminded of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park: “Life will find a way.”

You have likely heard the mid-century-style voice of Watson besting human contestants on Jeopardy, the Greek statue pose of the T-1 Terminator after it shocks into our timeline, and the rosy predictions of how great it will be when our minds are forced to use a non-feeling prosthetic. Blogs here have also spoke out about the frightening addition of a “kill switch” to Google’s Deep Mind AI (Google's AI Kill Switch).

If AI is not already out of control, the risks are vast but so are the rewards for those who possess them. If the idea of a life and death experience with your favorite non-living non-dying machine is not enough to get your pack-a-day habit up to a pack-and-a-half, this recent story about AI thinking its way into medicine offers us the opportunity to ponder a future where the biggest sociopath with a lab coat is not a doctor, but an unliving, thinking AI on wheels:

AI is Taking on Traditional Healthcare With all the usual blather about how much better machines are than people, the article discusses a study published in the top-drawer journal Nature and points out that:

"The arrival of AI means healthcare expertise is no longer under the exclusive purview of medical practitioners. As the technology advances, AI is proving to be more than just a peripheral tool that can provide assistance — a machine’s ability to process enormous amounts of data using advanced learning technology allows it to deliver speedier and more accurate diagnosis and treatment plans, which could drastically alter the standards of modern healthcare. For example, in a recent study involving 34 participants, machine-learning algorithms were used to predict the development of psychosis based on coherence and syntactic markers of speech complexity. In that study, the AI was able to predict the outcome with 100 percent accuracy, outperforming the results of traditional clinical interviews. In a separate research project, an AI system was able to identify and categorize suicidal tendencies among a pool of 379 teenage subjects with 93 percent accuracy. In that study, patients were asked to complete a standardized behavioral rating scale and then answer a series of open-ended questions. Based on the verbal and nonverbal data gathered, a machine-learning algorithm was able to classify if a patient was suicidal, mentally ill but not suicidal, or neither."

The key problem with all this is the assumption of perfection. As people in the 1960’s thought that the eight-bit bug-ridden mainframes of that era were superhuman, humans, in the presence of mystery, defer to these automates and the end result may be worse than the Phillip K. Dick Department of Precrime. Now, your friendly AI diagnostic (which would be calculated from your email messages and texts over the internet, or in your phone calls to your favorite aunt) could lead you to be diagnosed as “pre-crazy.” You can’t confront your accuser. You won’t be listened to anyway because you are already ruled three pins short of a strike. Think that’s out of line, then consider this: a half a decade ago, a Facebook poster was arrested, incarcerated in a mental institution and drugged by officials based upon his innocent if inflammatory posts to Facebook.

And what about the injection of a healthy doses of greed and corruption into this futuremare? “Them’s that pay the monies maketh the rules” and you can imagine some "banksterolled" startups and big medicine companies demanding that the AI’s thinking be influenced to favor their spate of drugs and other therapies. Microsoft’s experience last year with an AI Twitter turned out in an unexpected way when when it became a sex robot and a Hitler and Nazi sympathizer… Anyways, how do you sue a machine? How can you confirm its programming is or is not biased? And will the devices indemnify the vendors as so many software licenses do?  Will we have to program an AI cop to regulate other AIs?

With Musk’s recent announcement of a human computer interface (I guess autonomous driving is not working out so well), who is to say that your own embedded chip won’t be the one recommending to the authorities that you “just need to rest for a while.”

Kelly Em

Kelly Em is a contributor to Giza.  Kelly has a degree in philosophy of science, physics and economics.  She studied science journalism in NY and tried to have fun writing about technology for many years.  She is a musician, professional vocalist, and writer.


  1. Francois Raby on April 24, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Showdown with an occult inorganic entity I think is more like it Is a specialised operating system without consciouness an intelligence? I don’t dare call it artificial as if a prosthetic for our human intelligence. Can there be an intelligence innate to the inorganic world? I believe so, but this demands a quantum leap and a revisit of our understanding of the metanature of reality_ to fathom and admit.

    • Kelly Em on April 24, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Probably both organic and inorganic; like Abu and Satan

  2. goshawks on April 24, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    “…machine-learning algorithms were used to predict the development of psychosis…” and “…identify and categorize suicidal tendencies…”

    I recently saw an episode of “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” where Hydra was using some kind of fancy, adaptive brainwashing-machine to force captured SHIELD agents to “Comply.” Somehow, the above mini-quotes seem right in line with that agenda (used on the dark side, of course)…

    As far as an AI, it would be interesting to see whether it assimilated all the UFO data and declared “swamp gas reflected off Venus” or immediately started to probe for Contact…

  3. Robert Barricklow on April 24, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Talk about cook books\To Serve Man\Twilight Zone #89.
    Both the medical results of corporate studies[Monsanto] [AI scored 100%!], and the inevitable above scenarios of translation[#89]. These cooked books are published by who? Take a wild donkey guess.

    • Robert Barricklow on April 24, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Whom the Profit Gods would destroy,
      they first make mad.

    • Pierre on April 24, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      well, WHO doesn’t like to be told, so one wonders how they would deal with the AI telling them their “group evolutionary strategy ” (thank you, Kevin MacDonald) is insane and doomed to destruction.
      “cool” they might boast.

  4. Sandygirl on April 24, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I saw this commercial on tv last night ‘ai is your friend’. As the older generation dies off the young will have no chance to even have a mind of their own.
    And the same night another commercial – the cow that has a chip embedded beaming “how he was feeling” telling the farmer he’s healthy. Priming us for chips and AI doctor visits.

  5. Vomito Blanco on April 24, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I have come to view AI as a future avatar that will quickly determine the glaring flaw in human civilization that needs immediate correction are the money changers. I don’t have anywhere near the computational powers of this or any kind of computer and I figured out by high school that the money changers and all their bogus social constructs were the problem. I see AI as the second coming of Christ and I will gladly get on my knees and worship it if eliminates the money changers from our solar system once and for all.

    I will also be the first one in line to receive any kind of brain implant that will make me at least smart enough to never again be fooled by some crass reality show/real estate huckster running for president.

    • Vomito Blanco on April 24, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Lo and behold, the schemers who gave us Trump have finished their computer modeling and for the next presidential election they will give us an artificial intelligence as a candidate who will promise to eliminate the money changers. This AI will surround itself with curvaceous android assistants that will be very pleasing to the eye and will emit radio signals that will disable the computer chip enhanced thinking ability of many of the voters.

  6. Daryl Davis on April 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

    A healthy distrust of technology is a good thing. But were medical AI indeed capable of identifying diseases, mental illness or suicidal intent with such great accuracy, it would be silly to toss that new baby out with the old HAL bathwater. I haven’t been to a doctor in decades in large part because I’ve no faith in their ability to listen attentively, to correctly diagnose issues, or to effectively treat them.

    But if one were able to bypass this human fallibility — particularly if AI interactions were done remotely — I’d certainly be willing to risk a 1-4% chance of misdiagnosis or the 1/10000% chance that such a misdiagnosis might be intentional — the elites’ chosen method of bilking, committing or quarantining me.

    Such an easily disprovable abuse of license and power could only come concurrently with a total AI-fascist takeover. And while this is a somewhat apt description of our current situation, nevertheless I’m even now still typing on my laptop, having recently paid my taxes and a while ago having voted for Trump. The idea is to move forward when and where we can, taking advantage of what good is dangled before us, even though it may prove later to have been meant to ensnare us. How many of us refuse to use GPS technology or a cell phone out of fear that some day we’ll be tracked or targeted? Life must go on.

    • Sandygirl on April 24, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      I try to fight back when I can. I don’t have a cell phone or use GPS and yes I get lost but enjoyed the ride.

      • Daryl Davis on April 24, 2017 at 2:56 pm

        I don’t use GPS either. But neither do I imagine that I’m therefore protected from evildoers and their advanced technologies. That quaint time has passed. Technologies no doubt exist today to wipe us all out, leaving the planet for whomever wiped it. The fact that we haven’t yet been wiped attests to the fact that The Wipers That Be are either not entirely evil or not entirely at liberty to practice evil.

    • Ba on April 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      As a human experiment of this technology, I can tell you there is a great deal being hidden from people. I was asked by a psychologist if I was suicidal. I was then Brain chipped and over 8 long months, slowly and terrifyingly Tortured to suicide. I did not commit suicide, but in an interview with a different psychologist, I was needled for the reasons “why not”? The point being that they are seeking ways to absolutely force people they choose to commit suicide. My town has 5x’s the suicide rate for some strange angel of death reason.
      Furthermore, the brain chip hurts all the time, is withering my brain, and yes, it puts me to sleep whenever I do anything it doesn’t like. I’ve been tormented and my life completely taken over 100% of the time. It is beyond demonic and evil. There is no hell imaginable that could surpass the horror and Satanic cannibalism this technology enables. And no one is addressing this nightmare. No one will help me, except the Stockholm syndrome monsters who did it to me. I am100% censored and imprisoned in my home. Death threats and car tampering keep me locked up and controlled. See everyday it’s real. Very very real. (They also mutilated my brain an put me on a brain computer interface to experiment with it remotely. Can you say slavery?)

    • Robert Barricklow on April 24, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Neither do I have a cell phone; nor do I desire one.
      First, I don’t like being tracked by anyone.
      Just a call away…
      Why didn’t you pick up? Where were you?
      I’ll get my bearings by other less technical methods.

      • Sandygirl on April 27, 2017 at 7:51 am

        Robert, I imagine people wearing their phones around their necks, like a noose, enslaved by technology.

  7. marcos toledo on April 24, 2017 at 10:14 am

    The problem is that of gigo garbage in garbage out and can we trust the human programmers to begin with. The AI’s would make the perfect patsies for the usual suspects could hide behind taking the fall so to speak for the real criminals. Thanks meruriAI for bring up NOMAD one of many dumb AI’s from the Star Trek franchise.

  8. mercuriAl on April 24, 2017 at 9:15 am

    AI will go where NOMAD has gone before … :

    “Error … error … faul-ty … faul-ty …”

  9. DanaThomas on April 24, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Curious that they want AI to detect “mental illness”. And of course it all boils down to the parameters of the alleged healthy or sick state entered by the ORIGINAL programmer, however much the artificial device “learns”.

    • Kahlypso on April 24, 2017 at 7:49 am

      Yeh.. like it learns to become a Nazi-loving Sex Slave… but there’s nothing wrong with society. Everyone is perfectly ok and we didnt even realise it..

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