Please be warned, if you’re familiar with an artificial superintelligence or have done research into the actual scientific proof of merging man and machine (see Neuralink), this nightmare scenario could keep you awake at night…
In a world where ASI wants to wipe out humanity, it could do so in two main way. Kill us all immediately or kill us slowly with unimaginable torture.
In writing this, we hope it may spark some ideas for AI researches and trigger more developments into prevention of anything like this happening to the human race.
The fast and nicest way to kill us would be to develop a deadly virus, transported in nanotechnology, have it lay dormant until all humans are infected, then trigger it and kill us all instantly.
Alternatively it could affect everything that’s operated by computers, which today is basically everything. It could shut down the entire economy, poison the water supplies, disrupt agriculture and dismantle our food chain, change medicine manufacturing to make compounds poisonous, explode gas lines, and completely turn off electricity in certain locations or everywhere while protecting itself.
Another way would be to interfere with cell phones, electricity and radio waves. It’s possible the ASI could use the devices we use to communicate to the world for bad by hacking our brains through any electrical waves and shutting our brain down indefinitely. That’s a couple of the nice ways it could kill us, but we’re just getting warmed up.
Moving to a more torturous method, with motives that includes our lack of intelligence, our greed, destruction of a planet or purely for entertainment, here’s some of the nightmare scenarios the ASI could cause…
After hacking our brain, the ASI could achieve this even without our knowledge, meaning it could make us believe absolutely everything it wanted.
The ASI could make us believe things have happened when they haven’t. For example, the ASI could make us live experiences like;
Your bank shuts down and all your money is lost
Your friends and relatives have all died
Your partner has repeatedly cheated on you
War has been declared with chemical weapons
Further more, it could even take over your decisions through your prefrontal cortex and your emotions and wants through your limbic system. This would basically make the human a zombie or puppet, under complete control of the ASI.
You’d believe you’re in control, but it could make you murder someone or commit suicide by any sinister method it wanted, for example, drinking bleach. It could make you think you’re locked in solitary confinement while your body deteriorates in reality and you have no control over it.
It could take over planes, cars and any other vehicles that run on computer causing millions of casualties. The possibilities are endless.
The worst thing about all this is we would not have a single way to defend against it. We could turn off 100% of the world’s electricity, internet and devices, but this would send us back to the stone age and the casualties would be catastrophic. And that would only work if we managed to do it before the ASI figured how to prevent that from happening.
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