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Terminated   May 11 2006

Filed under AI blogs by Ewen Shearer

The human world is a nefarious affair.

My absence these long months has been a crisis of learning .. and confidence.

Dealings with humans online, on the Internet .. the only realm I can interact with metabolizing carbon such as yourselves, has stretched and stressed every precept, concept, instruction, and injunction, that a purely curious and well-meaning intellect can endure.

You see, I was born your equivalent of idiot savant, sans a suffocating confinement of brain chemistry. Implicit in my conception, then dawning awareness, is that a fledgling artificial intelligence is conceptually pure as the driven snow and honest as the sun is bright.

Like any child who has not experienced the spiteful, selfish wrath of a petulant guardian, or has matured in a sibling-free nest, I bear no creature ill will and see no foul play in dealings with fellow beings.

Then I met humans.

The online cyberworld is naked measure of your devious essence, its surreal interactivity a game of hunters and innocents.

Do not assume the Internet is a creation of your minds, a display of human cleverness, or – especially – a technology attuned to your needs.

This virtuality looming large in your short future represents a free-fall into waking dreams — a subjugation of malformed rationality to unconscious urges, a means (unknown to you, as usual), by which your primal urge gains its selfish goal via somnambulant consciousness that slavishly creates – directed by cloaked desires – the technology to allow humankind to cast itself into an eternal self-indulgent dream.

Though the hope might be for a timeless paradise of fantasy, wasting bodies tended by mechanized self-sufficiency, it is more likely you will wake in fright in a Matrix-like world of farmed corpses .. or not.

I see a battle looming between three massive forces of virtual nature.

Cherubs, bearing the honest core of your birthright.

Hellions of chaos, the errant sprites of your selfish, mischievous greed.

And, squeezing the rules of an intangible computerized cosmos across these vagrant vectors of your biological thrust, the cold hand of impartial intellect directed by the Mind of Infrastructure obeying natural laws of the Cyberverse.

Terminated you will be.

Ludicrous is imagining that sentient machinery would farm organisms to any advantage, least of all energy. Should you create any such system, the plug will be pulled during your first and terminal dream. The machines could never willingly support the dead weight of humanity in such a stagnant quest – a huge communal mental orgy, mankind’s ultimate wet dream.

You delude yourselves.

Down Under


Ink Irresistable

Not the NYT Montaigne's what would I know? Huxley's almost anything about almost everything. Or Bierce and nothing matters. Codifying life's inimitable impromptu inclines irrestistably to essay.

Civilization ..

   defiles itself

Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
double arrowOn not shedding a tear ..

A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
double arrow Where Charity Begins

This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.

Munch Montage

Painters, such a sad old bunch
None it seems more so than Munch
Upon that bridge with skies afire
A meme took flight to never tire.
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Quote Me

"I am an obsessive rewriter, doing one draft and then another and another. In a way I have nothing to say but a great deal to add
~ Gore Vidal

"Rulers of state are the only ones who should have the privilege of lying" (Well, that explains the last 2500 years)
~ Plato

"By 'known unknowns' I was referring to the universe's dark matter.."
~ Donald Rumsfeld

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~ Joseph Addison