The Fire Next Time: Will America’s Possible Collapse Into Civil War / Revolution Mark The First Use Of AI Soldiers?

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

When it comes to AI and robotics, I generally think everything is going to suck because of human nature — just like generally, everything sucks with the Internet these days.

So. Lets combine my OTHER dystopian fears — the idea that the USA will soon collapse into civil war / revolution because of fucking Trump.

Wars usually are where a lot of “cutting edge” technology is first used. And, as such, it would make a lot of sense for the first use of “AI soldiers” might be in some sort of post-apocalyptic America where Red and Blue have finally decided to settle their political differences in the streets.

I don’t want anything like that to happen. I’m not advocating anything. I’m just…worried….that we really are totally, completely fucked and AI bots are only going to make a horrible situation even worse.

Slow Your Roll About The Advantages Of AI Tutors

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

Do we have to go through THIS again? I remember when the Internet first became popular and mainstream in 1994 – 1995, people were spooging their pants about all the educational uses we could expect from it.

We all know, of course, that, in the end, the Internet simply became another flaw reflection of humanity and about 80% of it became devoted to sex and porn.

So, today, when people started to get way, way, way too excited about the latest update to ChatGPT, I rolled my eyes. I think we all know that if OpenAI goes through with its plans to give ChatGPT a personality, there is a real risk that young people — especially young men — will fall the fuck in love with their AI tutor and, well, there you go.

We’re all fucked.

On this particular front, I fear I’m becoming something of a “doomer.” We have to be extra careful whenever the minds and socialization of younger people are involved and I’m not exactly thrilled with the idea that generations of humans will be babsat by some future version of ChatGPT AND they will never make babies because they’ll be too busy fucking a personalized sexbot.

We have to admit to ourselves that human culture generally takes the path of least resistance and, as such, a lot — A LOT — of people will forgo going through the pain and emotional anguish required to find a mate and make babies in favor of simply fucking a sexbot.

I’m no sure I want to rely on the Amish for keeping humanity going. Ugh.

Humans May Go Extinct…Because Everyone Will Be Fucking Sexbots?

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

In the movie Children of Men, there haven’t been any children born in decades. Well, it seems possible that with advancements in AI and robotics that we will all collectively give up on having babies.

And maybe that’s why their are no aliens — apparently: the Great Filter is simply all advanced civilizations develop AI and robotics and then…stop having babies because raising kids is tough.

It’s all kind of sad.

It will be interesting to see if the hate of MAGA will piviot away from “scary brown people” and to “scary technology.”

But I don’t know. It MIGHT be that AI and robotics will pick up the slack of plummeting birthrates. Combine that with Universal Basic Income and…maybe we’ll muddle through?

Maybe?

ScarJo, Call Your Lawyer

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

I understand why OpenAI was eager to use something akin to Scarlett Johansson’s voice when launching their voice-activated AI feature. They wanted to evoke in people’s mind Samantha from the movie Her.

BUT.

I’d like to know if ScarJo got a heads up that they were going to do it. And that doesn’t even begin to address the needs of other stakeholders like the producers of the movie Her.

But maybe I’m overthinking things. It could just a one off and in the future the female voice of ChatGPT won’t sound JUST LIKE ScarJo.

Who knows.

The Future Is Profound

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

It is very possible that at some point between late 2024 and early 2025, humanity — because of Trump — could very well bomb itself into near-extinction.

But, let’s just suppose that we somehow avoid that fate. It definitely seems as though if we do avoid such a dire fate that within a decade, $10,000 humanoid robots will begin to enter the homes of the upper middle class and work their way downward from there.

That, not AI or robotics separately, is what we should be focused on — androids with near-human intelligence that begin to do everything around the home from wash dishes to build decks to babysit children to general home security. And it could happen far, far quicker than any of us are prepared to imagine.

We haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what AI can do to the knowledge economy — just wait until AI-powered androids go after blue collar jobs. It will be the day the universe changes.

The Future Of AI & Robotics Is One & The Same

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

It is clear to me that we’re all kind of missing the point about AI and robotics because they are actually one and the same. We only see them as two different projects because things are so primitive (in real terms.)

But the whole point of AI, in a sense, is to stick into a robot. Or, to be more specific — to give the AI the OPTION of being stuck in a physical robotic body if it needs / wants to be.

The implications of this are enormous. Because rather than thinking of AI as a disembodied voice or text prompt, we have to start thinking of AI as something that physically lives with us. Just as we can’t escape the Internet these days, there’s a chance we won’t be able to escape our new AI personal digital assistants.

They will be everywhere and nowhere to the point that wherever we are — they will be.

Who Knew Finding Someone To Read The Third Draft Of My First Novel Would Be So Difficult

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

So, here I am “done” at last with a version of my novel that I want someone to read before I begin the querying process. I have one person I hope will read the novel for me, but I really want to pay someone to read it. And I’m living in poverty, so it’s going to take time just to save up the money for that.

And that doesn’t even begin to address the possibility that my would-be editor won’t blanch at the part-time sex worker nature of my heroine. There IS a lot of sex in the novel, but, in general, I don’t think it’s gratuitous. It serves a point and makes the novel run at a nice little clip.

And, yet, we live in a hyper sensitive world where a lot of people apparently hate sex of any sort. So, I don’t know. I may never find *anyone* to edit this first novel and will just have to wing it.

I have a second, sequel novel I’m working on that seems as though it might be developed at a pretty fast clip. It’s essentially the rest of the novel that I split into two when I realized that was the best course of action. All I have to do is rework it some and I can start writing it pretty soon.

But at least the scifi novel I’m working on has little or no sex (in real terms) and, as such, if I find myself languishing in the querying trenches I can at least hearten myself with the knowledge that I can always use the scifi novel if need be. The scifi novel I’m come up with is really, really good.

I gives me the opportunity to use a lot of ideas that I’ve been formulating about AI and robotics for some time now. My only fear is, of course, that things are moving so fast that by the time the damn thing is published, some of my predictions will seem quaint.

But, if nothing else, it keeps me moving forward.

The Mystery of Celebrity Burner Accounts & The Wisdom Of Middle Age

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

I’ve finally reached the age where….meh…I just don’t care that much about catching the attention of “celebrities.” The point is *I* want to be a celebrity. I just don’t care about the rather mundane idea of catching the attention of a celebrity.

So what.

But what I AM interested in, is celebrity burner accounts.

I find the idea endlessly intriguing because there’s something of a kabuki dance to the whole thing. As a celebrity, you have two choices when it comes to social media. Totally ignore it, or use lots of burner accounts.

What’s even more crazy is there are some celebrities who are SO well known that they could open a burner account under their own name and….no one would believe it was them unless it was verified.

Anyway. If I was younger –significantly younger — I would find a random celebrity to grow obsessed with as part of a running gag. But, as I learned with Alexa Chung, it’s just not worth it. We live in an age where anyone doing anything weird is automatically assumed to be a psycho killer.

So. No. It’s just not worth it.

I’ve really grown more focused on being as productive as possible these days. I have not one must several novels I’m working on at the moment. So, lulz, maybe, if I make it big, I will be one of those celebrities who lives on social media through a bunch of burner accounts.

At A Loss…For The Moment

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

I’m kind of in a weird halfway spot in the process of writing and ultimately querying this novel. I’m pretty much done with the novel…but I know I need to work on it some before I begin the process of querying.

But when I go through the novel to edit it, I struggle to find any scenes that REALLY need to be rewritten. So, I’m torn. I think what I’m going to do is try to focus on improving scenes in the second half of the novel.

It’s in the second half where the quality really gets a lot more shoddy. So, I need to focus my energy on improve scene quality there.

One problem is I’ve read and re-read the entirety of the novel so many fucking times that I’m a little bit burnt out. As such, that’s one of the reasons why I’m kind of chilling out for a little bit.

I want to look over the novel one last time before I turn it over to SOMEONE who will read it for me. THAT will be the last step before I really piviot towards querying in a serious fashion.

And I’m really working on the new scifi backup novel I’ve come up with. I’m actually doing some writing on that these days and it’s going well.

Profound Macro A.I. Issues

by Shelt Garner
@sheltgarner

While America has gradually freaked out over the last 20 years about declining birth rates by leaning into racism in the guise of MAGA, the Japanese 40 years ago started working on robotics. Many of the same problems that America faces, the Japanese face, too, only more so because they aren’t as cool with immigration as the States.

Here are three really profound uses of AI enabled androids going forward.

Elder Care
The moment there are $10,000 AI-enabled androids on the market, they probably are going to be used to take care of old people in some capacity. Not only is America growing older — a lot of GenX people don’t have any children or grandchildren to take care of them. As such, it would make a lot of economic sense to throw money into androids that would take care of old people. This, of course, will throw the economy out of whack because a lot people make a good living off providing the elder care service. And if androids are smart enough and good enough to do elder care, then, of course, those same androids will start to come after nursing jobs, too.

Child Care
This is a lot more tricky because it deals with the far more intangible issues of emotional and mental development. But I’ve been really shocked at how well AI has managed to do things that we all thought was exclusively the domain of humans in the arts, so, lulz? It seems possible that some future version of chatbots might have enough empathy and dexterity to keep an eye on a young human for a few hours. It is possible that in the near future, there will be a lot of talk not of “latchkey kids” but “android kids” who have been raised by androids for much of their lives.

Security
This is just as tricky as child care, but it seems inevitable. It is seems inevitable that domestic androids will be programmed at some point in the near future to do basic home security. Now what happens if they actually get into a fight with someone breaking into a home is something pretty profound.

There remains a lingering demographic problem across the Western world — people just aren’t having enough babies. In the United States, this “birth dearth” has led the Right to lose its fucking mind. So, I suppose it’s at least POSSIBLE that as part of the shift towards an android-based economy that there is a chance that MAGA will evaporate.

I hope.