Cer­tainly not a very in­tel­li­gent quest

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At a chance meet­ing the other night, this very in­tel­li­gent look­ing be­ing gave an im­pres­sion of know­ing al­most ev­ery­thing and hav­ing the abil­ity to per­form even the most dif­fi­cult and com­pli­cated of tasks. Sur­prise, shock, call it what you will, but that was the feel­ing one got, or the feel­ing the in­tel­li­gent be­ing wanted to in­duce.

Ex­per­tise is an un­der­state­ment to de­scribe the fel­low’s knowl­edge of the dis­ci­plines that per­force en­tered our con­ver­sa­tion.

What I en­coun­tered was an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gent be­ing, re­sem­bling Num­ber 5, a pro­to­type US mil­i­tary S.A.I.N.T. (Strate­gi­cally Ar­ti­fi­cial In­tel­li­gent Nu­clear Trans­port) ro­bot, in Short

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China has called for the de­vel­op­ment of a “blue econ­omy” to bol­ster ma­rine in­dus­tries while pro­mot­ing Cir­cuit or Johnny 5, a so­phis­ti­cated toy ro­bot, in Short Cir­cuit 2, which can “de­vour” books in sec­onds, is quick-wit­ted enough to deal with any sit­u­a­tion, can at­tend to any task and fend off en­e­mies.

The en­tire world seems to be fas­ci­nated with su­per-ef­fi­cient ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. In spite of know­ing very well that the more ro­bots we cre­ate (or build) the more jobs real hu­man be­ings will lose, coun­tries ap­pear to have en­tered a race to best each other in the de­vel­op­ment of AI.

This de­vel­op­ment is not lim­ited to ro­bots tak­ing up hu­man jobs, but also cov­ers other fields such as chess and Go.

If IBM cre­ated Deep Blue in the 1990s that hum­bled the great Garry Kas­parov in chess, Google has now given us Al­phaGo which has de­mol­ished the world’s best Go play­ers.

The hu­man brain, which sus­tain­abil­ity.

The mar­itime econ­omy gen­er­ated 7 tril­lion yuan ($1 bil­lion) in rev­enues last year, ac­count­ing for 9.5 per­cent of the coun­try’s GDP, and is ex­pected to grow at 7 per­cent by 2020, ac­cord­ing to the State Oceanic Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

China plans to es­tab­lish 10 to 20 demon­stra­tion zones dur­ing the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) pe­riod.

The zones will aim to strike a bal­ance be­tween sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of ocean in­dus­tries and pro­tec­tion of the ma­rine eco- has con­quered al­most all the fron­tiers on Earth and many be­yond it, all of a sud­den, ap­pears frail be­fore the power of AI. Is this cause for worry? Many, in­clud­ing cos­mol­o­gist and physi­cist Stephen Hawk­ing and mag­nate Elon Musk, have warned against the de­vel­op­ment of su­per-in­tel­li­gent AI. While Hawk­ing has said “the po­ten­tial ben­e­fits are huge … Suc­cess in cre­at­ing AI would be the big­gest event in hu­man his­tory, It might also be the last, un­less we learn to avoid the risks”, as­tro­physi­cist Neil deGrasse Tyson re­mains fear­less about AI’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, say­ing he doesn’t be­lieve AI will de­velop its own con­scious­ness when we as hu­mans don’t un­der­stand our own.

And that we hu­mans don’t un­der­stand our own con­scious­ness, which seems to be be­com­ing more fickle by the day, is pre­cisely the prob­lem, as, in the words of sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment.

To fur­ther pro­mote the mar­itime econ­omy, the coun­try pro­posed three pas­sages con­nect­ing Asia with Africa, Ocea­nia, Europe and be­yond last month.

They are the China-In­dian Ocean-Africa-Mediter­ranean Sea Blue Eco­nomic Pas­sage, the China-Ocea­nia-South Pa­cific Blue Eco­nomic Pas­sage and one that will lead to Tyson again, “hu­mans aren’t as good as we should be in our ca­pac­ity to em­pathize with feel­ings and thoughts of oth­ers, be they hu­mans or other an­i­mals on Earth”.

We hu­mans are giv­ing more im­por­tance to the in­tel­li­gence of ar­ti­fi­cial be­ings, and less and less to fel­low hu­mans who have nat­u­rally evolved to be in­tel­li­gent and on whose in­tel­li­gence AIs are based. And this is chang­ing the rules of the game of the real world.

The course of the real world de­pends on whether or not we re­store faith in the in­tel­li­gence of our fel­low hu­man be­ings.

The meet­ing re­ferred to at the be­gin­ning may have taken place in a real, not sim­u­lated, dream. The night­mar­ish en­counter the de­vel­op­ments in the real world, nev­er­the­less, ap­pear omi­nous.

re­gions above county level, with nearly all town­ships and ad­min­is­tra­tive vil­lages linked by roads. Visit our web­site for a look at some of the ma­jor projects com­pleted in the past five years.

Con­tact the writer at oprana@chi­nadaily.com.cn Europe via the Arc­tic Ocean.

China called on na­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in the 21st Cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road to work to­gether to pre­serve ma­rine ecol­ogy, boost mar­itime con­nec­tiv­ity, fos­ter ma­rine econ­omy, safe­guard se­cu­rity at sea, deepen re­search in oceanog­ra­phy and en­hance col­lab­o­ra­tion.

HUANG XIAOBING / FOR CHINA DAILY

Peo­ple gather around a man us­ing a por­ta­ble wa­ter pump to beat the heat in the Shicha­hai area of Bei­jing on Mon­day.

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