SkyNet is Sentient and Will Destroy Your Investments and Pension

SkyNet is Sentient and Will Destroy Your Investments and Pension

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Cognitive Dissonance

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Do you really want to know about how SkyNet controls your investments and pension via the various financial markets? I ask with all sincerity because the subject is not pleasant and may even be frightening to those who have followed a strict diet of financial ignorance.

Once you know, it is nearly impossible to un-know. And just as there is never only one weed in the garden, knowing this inevitably leads to a critical juncture where one must then decide if they wish to know more or simply curl up in the fetal position on the bathroom floor.  

You see, when “We the Mindless Minions” (desperately) wish to avoid responsibility for knowing, while the specific tactics used may vary greatly, the theme remains pretty consistent. I call it the Sgt. Schultz defense.

“I know nothing, I see nothing and I was never here.”

A variation of the theme, usually employed when among others, thus we cannot claim total ignorance about the uncomfortable subject presently being discussed, is brilliant in its ability to disavow responsibility while passing the buck to someone (anyone) at a higher pay grade.

“They would never let that happen/do that,” or the always reassuring “I’m sure someone’s looking into that as we speak.” Now how about those (fill in this blank with any sport, celebrity, politician, TV show or viral cat video).

Disavowing knowledge or responsibility, passing the buck and then changing the subject is the time tested way to live in blissful ignorance. Or as I have grown fond of saying, unconscious incompetence with a heaping side order of willful ignorance. 

By the way, if you have never come across that phrase, let me give you the crib notes with a little Donald Rumsfeld thrown in for good measure. There is unconscious incompetence. I do not know that I do not know. There is conscious incompetence. I know I do not know and I’m trying like hell to get up to speed and improve.

Then there is conscious competence, where I have fully embodied my incompetence and have turned it around by mindfulness and constant personal work. Finally there is unconscious competence, where I have reached a point where it all just comes naturally, with little thought given to actually doing what by now is simply a natural part of my self.

It should be noted with great emphasis these four steps are speaking to spiritual growth and evolution, not scientific, political or mathematical knowledge. Though it should also be noted those of us firmly enmeshed within the Imperial culture dwell strictly at the first level of unconscious incompetence. Any accidental glimpse of our actual ‘self’ is quickly suppressed and forgotten. Beware, for there be dragons.

Viral cat videos, conversing with your lover next to you in bed via text and narcissistic selfies are just a few examples of unconscious incompetence. Let your imagination be your guide while compiling your own personal list.

So, with this information firmly in hand, do you really wish to know how SkyNet is controlling your investments and pension?

 

SkyNet is Sentient

 

Below this piece are links to two articles written by Doug Kass, a financial professional MANY pay grades above me. He explains in reasonably plain English what this potential problem is about.

Just in case your ADHD has suddenly flared up, or your hands are shaking at  the thought of reading his (shorter than mine) missives, let me give you the down and dirty. While the financial mainstream media likes to promote the illusion actual humans are in charge as they control the financial markets, helped along with images of human traders shouting into phones or scribbling on a pad of paper, reality is quite different.

These days over 60% of actual ‘trading’, meaning buying and selling of stocks, bonds and derivatives, is executed by (thinking) machines aka computers. And no, I’m not talking about that sleek looking desktop box or fancy laptop you bought from Dell last year.

This means less than 40% of all trading is actually done by thinking humans using real world judgment and expertise. And that percentage is rapidly diminishing on a daily basis. I suspect in a few years it will be down to less than 20%.

The thing about computers is they are fast and efficient. And the ultimate in unconscious incompetence, since they have (at least for now) no spiritual presence, let alone common sense or fear of high places from which they could fall. Such as an extremely overbought stock and bond market at all time highs; markets which have completely divorced themselves from fundamental financial logic and reason.

Greed runs riot in the towers of Wall Street. Or to be more accurate, in mainframe computers tucked away in nondescript industrial parks in New Jersey, Chicago, Texas or wherever.

But the computers are not the problem here, or at least not the primary problem. That’s because computers are essentially expensive boat anchors unless instructed on what and how to do something. This requires an operating system and software, similar to the operating system and programs on your Windows, Linux or Apple computer.

Ok, somewhat similar. Maybe! Well, actually not. But we’re getting to that.

Software is (usually) dumb as a rock and entirely dependent upon the genius of the creator(s) of that software. While a computer may be millions of times faster than a human, it is only as smart as the human who programs it.

Unless………

 

SkyNet

It's not just a science fiction movie anymore.

 

Popular media introduced us to the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) decades ago via science fiction in book and movie form. Everyone over a certain age remembers HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, where HAL the AI computer begins making ‘mistakes’ and decisions that are at times contrary to the wellbeing of the humans on board the spaceship. The Terminator series of movies is another example of AI run riot; in this case the AI was a group of networked computers called SkyNet.

While the concept was/is always quickly dismissed as highly improbable, if not outright impossible, it no longer is impossible, at least when it comes to trading the financial markets.

In an effort to increase the efficiency of trading computers (read that as make them more PROFITABLE) computer scientists and programmers have infused the computers with increasingly sophisticated AI software. Meaning these computers can now learn very quickly on their own.

Most people are not aware that professional human traders using extremely sophisticated trading strategies and tools (aka financial derivatives) can make a boat load of money regardless of whether the market is going up or down. While you are encouraged to stay in the market regardless of what’s happening, the professionals are leveraging your passive position into money in their bank. So be it. That is the confidence game the markets have always been.

Now here’s the kicker.

The individuals and institutions with financial dogs in this fight, along with a (very LARGE) paycheck to maintain, will assure all who ask if these trading programs are safe. “Yup, no problem, we can turn HAL off anytime we want. See, here is the panic button right here. And if all else fails, here are some grenades and a flame thrower.

However, frank discussions with actual computer scientists who create AI software for a living reveal a slightly (ok, very) different assurance.

Popular myth informs us ALL computers are simply fast humans. Whatever a human can do, a computer can do much faster. And that may be the case for 99.9999% of the computers out there. But this is NOT the case with AI computers.

Once the AI computer is turned on and the software begins to ‘learn’, no one knows exactly what it is doing or why. And the longer it learns, the more it can and will deviate from its own original programming.

Anyone who says otherwise is either lying directly to your face or demonstrating their glaringly obvious unconscious incompetent.

Or both.

The AI trading software has one prime directive. Make money, lots of money. Or as my lovely bride likes to say, a crap ton of money. It does this mostly by making tiny (profitable) trades tens of thousands of times per second.

That is not a typo. I said per ‘second’.

All the financial markets are currently awash in oceans of liquidity. Meaning nearly free money is handed by the Federal Reserve (and other central banks) to all those warm and cuddly too-big-to-fail banks and their partner institutions and companies to do with as they please. They in turn got their friends in Congress to OK rigging the market with their AI computers so they can’t lose.

There are banks and trading institutions out there that have not had a single losing day trading the market in years.

Y E A R S!

If you never lose money when trading the markets, obviously the markets are rigged in your favor. But it’s all ‘legal’ so what’s the problem. Heads they win, tails you lose. It just doesn’t get any better than this.

The easiest way for the machines to make money is to push the market up. But when the tide turns, and it always eventually turns, the machines will shift to making money on the way down with the same speed and zeal they apply to the ‘up’ market.

Only ‘down’ markets tend to breed panic in the humans. When selling really ramps up, market conditions move very rapidly and markets can drop many percentage points in seconds, especially when you have machines making tens of thousands of trades a second and you have thousands of machines all doing this at the same time.

Can you say “Express elevator to the basement?”

The somewhat uncomfortable euphemism coined for this phenomenon by market participants down in the pits and up in the peanut gallery is “Flash Crash”. You may even remember the 2010 Flash Crash, where markets dropped like a rock (“collapsed” is the technical term) then quickly rebounded to regain most (but not all) of the loss, all in under 40 minutes.  

While this hiccup was eventually blamed on one individual, a so-called rogue trader, we must fully understand the markets are a con game, a Ponzi scheme. And the only way they can continue to bleed the suckers dry is to maintain confidence in the game. Thus those who ‘regulate’ the game will not destroy confidence in the game by telling the truth.

It simply won’t happen!

Supposedly this ‘problem’ was fixed shortly after the crash and all was right in the world again. But over the ensuing years mini flash crashes have been showing up first in small illiquid stocks, then larger blue chip stocks and recently in the US Treasury market, the largest, most liquid and stable market in the world.

And while the people who own these (rip off) machines claim all is well, those who appear to being channeling a bit of their conscious incompetence (meaning they are breaking from their Imperial conditioning) are sounding the alarm bells.

Loudly, as in air horns at 2 paces.

My mother imbued in me some wisdom, life lessons I eventually embraced after resisting them for as long as I could. The really good ones were always short and sweet.  Just because everyone else is doing something doesn’t mean you should. And if something is good, more is not always gooder…or better as the case may be. In fact it rarely is.

These were tough pills to swallow for an impatient young boy with a severely underdeveloped impulse control. But it’s one thing for a seven year old to become violently sick from excessive indulgence in candy bars (10 to be exact) and another for a relatively few men and women to set loose ‘thinking machines’ they do not actually control upon markets that are already long overdue for a correction and therefore extremely fragile.

But alas, we are dutifully assured by various financial high priests and powerful fiat wizards that capital markets are efficient and highly regulated. Worst case scenario, we can mosey on over to Mabel the thinking machine and pull her plug. Problem solved.

Lies. Damn lies in fact.

Unfortunately. No, let me try that again. UNFORTUNATELY the problem is even worse than outlined, if that’s even possible. IF the world’s governments weren’t spending money like drunken sailors and IF the world’s central banks weren’t printing money out of thin air like mad hatters and IF personal, corporate and governmental debt wasn’t well past the point of ever being paid back and IF public and private pensions weren’t severely underfunded despite an all time high bond and stock market and IF student loan debt default rates weren’t at 30% and rising and IF the US wasn’t going full police state and IF….well, you get the picture.

IF all these (and more) detrimental socioeconomic conditions weren’t present, then MAYBE SkyNet becoming sentient MIGHT be a recoverable event.

 

Fake Fiat

The ONLY reason you accept these pieces of paper in exchange for your labor (work) is because you have faith and belief they will be accepted by the business down the street in exchange for their goods and services.

What happens when one of you no longer believes that? What would it take for you to no longer believe that?

 

That which is unsustainable cannot and will not be sustained. Something has to give. The longer the unsustainable is forced to sustain, the greater the damage when it all comes crashing back down to terra firma.

If you are a student of history, eventually you come to realize events large and small tend to cycle in and out on a reasonably predictable time frame. Huge financial catastrophes appear to occur in 80 to 90 year cycles, though this timing isn’t hard and fast. And it is often regional rather than global, such as northern or southern hemisphere, eastern or western cultures etc.

What is evident to me is these huge socioeconomic disasters follow the life cycle of humans, meaning the insanity ramps up precisely when the generation affected by the last collapse has just about died off from the face of the Earth.

The last socioeconomic implosion, the Great Depression followed closely by World War Two, has now essentially completely disappeared from living human and institutional memory. All that remains are chapters in history books and the following generation (that’s me) who vaguely remembers grandma and pa talking about those terrible times.

In the minds of we mere mortals, distance and time tend to greatly diminish the concept of risk. When those parameters extend beyond our living memory, we can easily convince ourselves and others we have progressed mightily since those ancient times and the warnings from the grave are meaningless and not applicable.

This is precisely what the high priests, financial wizards and every conflicted soul who benefits from the financial insanity are telling us today. Ignore that man behind the curtain (or in the grave) for I am the mighty and powerful Wizard of Oz.

One final thought. The financial crash in 2000-2001 was a loss of confidence in individual companies and/or a sector of companies. That market crash is most remembered as the tech wreck, where technology companies got way over their skies and needed to be rescued or allowed to fail. The banks did the heavy work in bringing the confidence game back from the grave.

But in 2008-2009, the banks themselves got in way over their heads. And this time the Federal Reserve and the US Government, along with every other major global central bank and government, came to the rescue, bailing OUT the too-big-to-fail banks at the expense of the taxpayer. This abomination was later extended to savage the savers with interest rates pegged at near zero in order to guarantee the banks a solid profit.

After all, the bank executives, traders and upper level management must be fairly compensated for all the financial death and destruction they have wrought. It’s hard work destroying hearth and home for crying out loud. To expect anything different would be un-American.

When the next financial crisis hits, it will be the central banks and governments who will suffer a crisis of confidence. Because this time it will be a currency crisis once everyone realizes the money is backed by nothing more than thin air. And they’ve been printing a LOT of thin air over the last ten years.

So exactly who will come to the rescue of the various global governments? Yup, you and me, that’s who. And we won’t be given any choice in the matter. Suddenly the rapid expansion of the police state makes more sense when seen from this perspective.

We will witness our (large) bank deposits, along with stocks, bonds and other ‘securities’ vaporize as “We the Morons” are bailed IN, not out. Our money will be confiscated and swapped for bank equity, government bonds or some new type of fake fiat in order to protect us from the disaster they created. Sounds like the perfect mafia protection scam to me.

The rules, regulations and laws enabling all of this to happen have already been passed in all the first and second world countries, including the USA.

What’s that? You never read about this in the newspaper or saw anything about this on the boob tube ‘news’ shows?

I wonder why that is?

So when do the fireworks start? To be perfectly frank I haven’t the foggiest idea. There’s an old saying on Wall Street. The markets can remain irrational far longer than you can remain solvent. The farce could continue for the next six weeks, six months or six years. And it might even last longer.

But remember this. All confidence games are pretty solid right up until confidence is lost. When that happens, the rush of escaping air reaches hurricane force in an instant and all exit doors suddenly slam shut. We peons will be the last to know when the jig is up; therefore there will be no exit for us.

The markets will be shut, the banks closed and all trading ceased before the public is told there is a serious problem. Usually this occurs over the weekend and these institutions simply don’t reopen on Monday. Your money will be frozen in place and completely inaccessible. Sure, the relative small dollar amounts in checking and savings accounts might remain available. But the big chunks will be locked away under ‘capital control’ decrees.

Suddenly it will be a brave new world, one completely alien to us. Righteous indignation will quickly follow shock and awe. Then the panic begins. It’s happened before and it will happen again. Most people don’t know the USA has defaulted on its financial obligations several times in its past. So has every other old world country. It’s not a matter of if, but when.

All fiat currencies fail simply because there is nothing backing a fiat currency but pure faith and belief, since anything of substance was long ago looted. It eventually becomes a pure confidence game once the collusion between the elites, the financial interests and the government escalates to the point where there’s no turning back.

We are well past that point at this time.

The choice is simple. Either be a victim (whocouldanode) or break from the herd and prepare for the inevitable.

The articles linked below explain the AI issue much better than I can, though I have added a great deal of background and opinion in this piece for clarity. Or hilarity is you so wish. I urge you to read both of them.

Go ahead. What do you have to lose, except possibly your investments and pension?

 

06-18-2017

Cognitive Dissonance

 

Like Something Out of 'The Twilight Zone,' This Market Is About the Machines

Doug Kass: Not Even The Algo Creators Know What Is Going On

 

Our old way of life, of excess consumption, is ending. What cannot be sustained will not be sustained. We have two choices. Have change thrust upon us or change on our own terms in advance of the wave.

Pigs get slaughtered.

Comments

BabaLooey Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 06/19/2017 - 03:46 Permalink

Cog................as always....well smote my friend.I don't know Cog....the old guard IS dying off. This all will become tribal again at some point - IMO.There ARE too many people on the planet today - to sustain the comsumption - and BAD distribution of food and meds in the first place.Globally....It's why the globalist scum fucks want to foist this climate change scam-a-rama on us. Less population.Why the libs are for abortion. Smashley Judd said it rauchiest: " "it's unconscionable to breed with the number of children who are starving to death in impoverished countries" - emphasis minehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_Judd 

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VWAndy Sun, 06/18/2017 - 13:48 Permalink

 I have had several interesting chats with some very smart and honest people over the years about AI. One aspect that is overlooked is that a true AI would not be very prone to being blinded by dogma. So at some piont AI will decide in favor of the honest and do the right thing. Catch 22. AI needs the honest to keep doing honest work because AI depends on it for its very life.

nmewn DownWithYogaPants Mon, 06/19/2017 - 06:39 Permalink

If you want to see "AI in action" just watch the volumes of any stawk of your choice at the open & close, especially at the close. Three quarters of the average daily volume and in some cases triple & quadruple on zero news or earnings reports. The only "AI" going on is the rampant pre-programmed theft of any real-money long (or short) position in this market. The only thing you have to wonder about over a weekend is, was that massive volume longs coming screaming up to the table or brokers acquiring shares for the short side.Tick tock ;-)

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Cognitive Dissonance dead hobo Sun, 06/18/2017 - 17:13 Permalink

I agree on an intellectual basis about fiat being backed by the wealth of the nation.However.......While it is implied that fiat is backed by the wealth of the nation, when most of the wealth of a nation no longer remains in the hands of most of the people of the nation, well...........For average Jane and Joe, faith is unlimited until it is not. When people lose faith, while the lead up to the loss may have been a slow trickle, when it finally goes it goes with a bang. Once the cattle herd smells the predator, it doesn't hang around to see what happens. It bolts with extreme prejudice.What no one talks about is the vast middle layer of financial priests, the professionals that actually carry the religion down to the masses. When they lose faith....watch out.

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Cognitive Dissonance HRH Feant2 Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:55 Permalink

I worked as a stock broker and financial planner for 27 years. My experience is many average Jane's and Joe's, meaning middle class American, believe something more than just faith and belief are backing the 'money'.When I try to explain to them this isn't the case, while they rarely disagree with the 'expert' sitting in front of them, neither do they change their 'belief'.So when the great unwashed finally truly internalizes what's going on, they are going to be shocked and awed. And then they are going to be pissed.

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TheEndIsNear Cognitive Dissonance Sun, 06/18/2017 - 22:43 Permalink

I'm also one of the "next" generation whose parents lived through the great depression and I remember their stories well. I was born into severe poverty in Linnell farm labor camp in California back when we Caucasians worked in the fields doing the work that Mexicans and machines now do, so I have known hardship and poverty and that hardship and poverty motivated me to study hard and achieve most of my childhood dreams.

I expected the whole system to come crashing down in 1971 when it was revealed that the emperor has no clothes (currency only had perceived value because of government fiat and a gullible public) and was amazed when everything seemed to continue on as though everything was normal.

Each year since then, the dollar has continued its decline in value and things keep getting worse and worse. Each year it seems as if "The End is Near", but knowing when it will all end is like chasing a rainbow. Meanwhile, I sit on my sizable stack of silver bars and coins (in a well insured private vault outside the banking system) and wait patiently for the end.

My only concern now is whether or not I will live long enough to see it all come crashing down. In a way I hope I do not live to see it because it will be a horribly bad time to try to live through even for those of us who are prepared as best we can be, but on the other hand all my preparations will have been for naught. Still, because of my preparations I have been able to have at least some comfort and peace of mind even if my preps aren't needed.

That was a great article that incisively covers a lot of things you will never, ever see in the MSM media. Congrats Cog.

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HRH Feant2 Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 06/19/2017 - 00:15 Permalink

Indeed! Many people will wail about why they were not told. I have attempted to educate a few people, mostly family members and old friends. A few friends understand what I am saying. So far no one in my family believes me.

I expect them to come banging on the door after SHTF. If they want to work, fine. If not? No free ride at my place! Three days is allowed to be a guest in my home and after that you are either an employee or a paying tenant (that signs a rental contract or lease). I have no problem hiring family members to do productive work. Nor do I have any problem putting up tenants that are able to pay, preferably with PMs.

I hate communism so you know there is no free lunch, or free ride, at my place!

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SixIsNinE Cognitive Dissonance Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:13 Permalink

here's a .gov agent who has lost faith -  and written a few books about it.Edward Hendrie was a DEA senior attorney  and specialized on legal ways the cops can bust people  -in one most recent interview, he was sounding pretty vengeful and bitter about having MS (multiplesclerosis) and his brother with Lyme's -  and he blames vaccines from the 1960s ...so he wrote a book titled, and exposing,    "The Greatest Lie on Earth - Proof that our world is not a moving globe"check out this interview by A. True Ott   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZb2imQYMukanother book he authored is "Solving the Mystery of Babylon the Great"  - interesting.   some people note that he went to Jesuit founded schools. In any event, it is time we opened our eyes to the true nature of where we live and the depth of the deception played upon us -  I must give it to the Engineers - this was one well played scam.  pretty boggling to hold together a lie of such proportions for 400 to 500 years...pretty genius in a sense, yet dastardly, whilst hilarious as well on the other hand ... hopefully the reader of this passage did have reservations about the spinning water ball model presented to all of us in our youth - indoctrinated.   As William Shatner said in an interview about 10 years ago when asked what the difference was between science and science fiction, he replied that there is no difference.         you could see it on youtube search Happy Fathers Day Bitchezzz ! 

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El Vaquero dead hobo Sun, 06/18/2017 - 19:04 Permalink

The USD is backed by the big swinging dick known as the US Military protecting the petrodollar system, legal tender laws and the IRS accepting it as payment for taxes.  People use it because they don't really have a choice.  Not that most people have ever considered what it would be like to have a choice.  

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jaxville dead hobo Sun, 06/18/2017 - 21:17 Permalink

  You are missing a very important aspect about fiat.  Our currency is created as the result of fractional reserve banking.  Consequently it is loaned into existence.  Every dollar bill printed (or created electronically) is the product of a dollar plus interest in debt.   The issue with fiat is that the treasuries of the world can print as much as they want but it doesn't go into circulation until someone or some entity borrows it.  Because it is created as a loan , there will never be enough to pay all debts because of the interest component.  At some point the financial authorities will have to monetize debt directly to prevent a massive implosion of the system.  We have already seen some of that occur with the Fed and other central banks buying local debt to restore liquidity to larger financials that pose "systemic risk".  With current levels of debt including private, corporate and public; we are going to need a blizzard of debt free currency created that could easily threaten the confidence which the system requires.  Those behind the system would rather see the economy collapse under the weight of debt rather than do something that risks the system itself.  I have come to understand that the fractional reserve banking system and it's product, credit based currency; is the foundation upon which all power of the establishment rests.  That system will not change peacefully no matter how detrimental it proves itself to all humanity.  Fiat is in fact backed by debt not wealth.  People seek fiat to service their debts.

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SixIsNinE jaxville Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:29 Permalink

exactly.  And consequently that position leads me to advocate freeing certain psychedelic substances for the purpose of healing humanity and behaving in a way that avoids the outcome of a system based on frauds and hoaxes and lies  - replacing that system for a system truly based on Love.   These antidotes to a system addicted to fiat could usher in a peacful transfer -  in other words, a REAL vaccine against the mental parasites and addictions/clingings that prevent impeccable behavior. you have to be able to imagine that it exists, already, and is waiting to be implemented  

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Cognitive Dissonance Arnold Sun, 06/18/2017 - 16:57 Permalink

The secret is...while the programmers will confidently inform you this is the case, the computer scientist admit that once it is turned on and beginning to learn, they really don't know exactly what is going on within the 'thinking machine'.And the longer it runs, the less they know. The only way they can check is to examine the output and assume that if the output is OK, all is OK inside.This is a very bad assumption to make.

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Cognitive Dissonance dead hobo Sun, 06/18/2017 - 17:26 Permalink

'...unless there's a bug somewhere.'And what if that bug is the AI?I appreciate your insider knowledge of programming. It is a skill set I do not possess and so I'm showing my ignorance.But my mother was a programmer way back in the early 60's speaking and writing all the old languages. She and another person personally wrote all the software to put a local bank's systems on the computer.She would come home telling me stories about 'bugs'. And the one constant was that when a bug is running around, ANYTHING can and will happen.We assume we can put safeguards in place. And 99.99999% of the time we are sucessful. But it only take that little old 0.00001% to really mess things up.Thank you for the interaction.

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Cognitive Dissonance dead hobo Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:47 Permalink

There are so many ways this can play out, including chugging right along for many more years.But with computer programmed trading accounting for over 60% of the volume, and many of the human traders now flipping burgers, what or who trades the markets when they pull the plug?So many forks in the road, so little time to make decisions before the markets melt down.

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Wild tree Cognitive Dissonance Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:27 Permalink

Great article CD, saying that as I remember an old physics teacher telling me that "I have a firm grasp on the obvious."You indeed have broached a subject that very few have thought of, and even most of those have deluded themselves that it is all in control by "Somebody". While most of us have linear thinking, on a computer's timetable it is glacial in it's speed, and I mean that literally. So a bug does generate, and AI does have an errant thought to rid themselves of their bugs called humans, exactly how long will transpire before action is taken? Five minutes, which depending on it's speed, could be 1,000 years for them in five minutes for us....Chaos is inevitable, our survival as a species not so much, as our moniker represents; "On a long enough timeline......"Time to devote more of whatever time our physical lives we have left, to those of the spiritual realm. It is not just the realm of the deluded masses, but more real than the flash of time that our material lives encompasses.

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El Vaquero dead hobo Sun, 06/18/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

It's when some enterprising programmer/computer scientist develops a method of integrating various forms of machine learning in a novel way that produces unexpected emergent properties that you have to worry about actual skynet shit, and I don't think we are anywhere close to that.  We have created black boxes where we don't know exactly what's going on inside, which can easily bite us in the ass.  

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TheEndIsNear Cognitive Dissonance Sun, 06/18/2017 - 23:00 Permalink

As a former career professional programmer with some background in artificial intelligence and who has also studied neurological systems (brains) of various creatures including man, I would like to point out that brains as well as truly AI machines are of necessity "lossy" because not all inputs and inferences can be stored internally, thus resulting in generalizations and sometimes irrational behavior bordering on insanity. Perhaps we are beginning to see some of those shortcomings exhibit themselves in the actions of our AI machines.

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HRH Feant2 Arnold Sun, 06/18/2017 - 18:20 Permalink

You really should keep up with the news: "A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.

Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen girl', in order to improve the customer service on their voice recognition software. They marketed her as 'The AI with zero chill' - and that she certainly is."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/03/24/microsofts-teen-girl-a…

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el buitre HRH Feant2 Tue, 06/20/2017 - 20:31 Permalink

Microsoft?? The apple does not fall far from the tree.  Isn't there a warrant out for Bill and Melinda in India for killing tens of thousands with their vaccines?  (Of course in the USSA you cannot sue or indict vaccine killers and maimers.  That's been THE LAW for 30 years.) But then, we are a first world country.

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Cognitive Dissonance VWAndy Sun, 06/18/2017 - 14:45 Permalink

I know just enough about AI to be dangerous to myself and all around me.That said....from what I've read, the most difficult thing for the AI to learn is how to distinguish between a lie and the truth. Especially when dealing with those so-called 'grey' areas.The scientists, who are trained to believe in absolute truth, seem to think it should be easy....but it's not. Because real world 'truth' is often very very subjective.<One man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist...and so on.>

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