Just because computers are increasingly user friendly does not mean they think like us. In many ways, they are easier to trick. One study showed that wearing specially designed, psychedelically-colored spectacles could trick a facial recognition system into thinking people were celebrities.
For those unfamiliar with ‘The Terminator’ series of movies, SkyNet is an artificial intelligence system linking satellite’s, drones and other war machines. It sounds eerily similar to a smart weapons system now under development by the military.
Those self-driving cars expected to appear on our roadways in big numbers in upcoming years are expected to be ‘directed’ from the cloud. All kinds of information, including, who is in the car, is expected to be uploaded. And just imagine the impact on traffic when a sunspot or other electromagnetic activity interferes.
In the late 60’s viewers of ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ often heard the catch-phrase ─ ‘Better living through chemistry.’ It was spoken by Leigh French, who with the wink of an eye, was actually referring to drugs. But now a research study connected with Rockefeller University is pushing ‘Better acceptance of migrants through chemistry.’
The ancient Romans had an expression warning of the dangers of deceptive marketing ─ caveat emptor ─ let the buyer beware. But now thanks to a new kind of fraud, we’ll have to tweak that expression for the Internet.