|Faces From the Nightmare Machine|
Let's for a moment take these two headlines:
A Virtual Playground Lets AI Practice Complex Tasks And Chores
Jun 2018, Futurism.org
MIT Researchers Send AI to Reddit To Make a Psychopath
Jun 2018, Reddit
One is about a virtual world where potential chorebot programs get trained to be better robots in the real world, and the other is about a program designed intentionally to be psychopathic by training it on the 'darkest parts of the web.'
One makes you think about a future where we all live in that virtual world, distributing our virtual selves to live many lives all at once, and then picking and choosing among the best ones. The other makes you think we can train those selves to be whatever we want, depending on the training material we give it. Oh, that is unless you weren't thinking about making a total virtual hell-prison to wrap people up into for eternal punishment. Or maybe you were just thinking "who the hell would ever do that on purpose?"
MIT researchers would do that on purpose, that's who. Their April Fool's joke this year was to make an intelligentity (IE?) with "chronic hallucinatory disorder."