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R&D Engineer Marshall Barnes, Cited In CMS Wire Article On Artificial Intelligence
Marshall Barnes, who has written numerous times on the issue of the artificial intelligence threat, was cited in a recent article by the online publication, CMS Wire, on the topic of performance reveiws by artificial intelligence.
"...not only will AI be able to write our performance evaluations, but they'll eventually replace the people they're doing the performance review for,...and it will just be another data report on the operations of other AI doing other tasks."
Marshall was among a total of five experts with varying degrees of involvement in the work place AI issue. Erika Morphy, who wrote the piece, Will Artificial Intelligence Write Performance Evaluations One Day?, stated, "Many of the AI experts contacted for this story were leery of AI being in control of this process. Those that liked the idea had their caveats."
Marshall's position was the most extreme expressed.
"Look, I'm an advanced concept research and development engineer," he stated concerning his opinion in the article. "My job is to see possibilities that others miss - that's what advanced concept means. I looked at the idea that was being expressed that AI couldn't do creative tasks, back in 2013. Using my expert knowledge on how creativity actually works, I was shocked to realize that I could figure out not only how AI could do creative tasks but how AI could do everything. Like I said in the CMS Wire piece, it's just a matter of the programming."
Marshall noted that it was an article at InnovationExcellence.com that questioned whether AI could do creative writing and replace creative people, that caused him to seriously consider the potential. Marshall ultimately was one of 25 innovators recognized by that web site for his work in innovation and competitive creativity.
"I've seen the AI attempts at creativity, that others have used to argue that the cognitive processes required to do creative work just aren't there yet for AI, and my response is that the people doing the programing clearly aren't experts in the creative process. So, it's junk in - junk out. The people doing the programing so far are far from being creativity experts. I've taught creativity before. I have an intimate knowledge of how it works. I've raised it to the level where Einstein understood that it's more important than knowledge, and I've proven that as a fact by the application of it to get ahead of some of the best minds in physics, on a global scale. I could teach AI to do almost anything, right now and make millions from it, but I won't because my allegiance is to humanity not, technology."
"That being the case," he continued, "the combination of AI, and a robotic platform, gives you the potential of replacing humans altogether, which is what my quote in the article ultimately addressed. Those implications then beg the question - at what level do humans become necessary? The ultimate answer is that humans aren't necessary once you have AI that has reached that level, and the only humans that will be around are the very top in power who will control the entire AI population which will be the labor force for them."
Marshall comments that the fears expressed by Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are well founded but they believe that AI will replace all of humanity, when in reality, those working to develop AI are at some level working for the super elite who will not want to lose control of power. They want to increase it.
Marshall also views the psychological disorder of digitalcentrism adding to the inability of people to see what the real threat is. In the much discussed debate between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, Marshall sees them both as sufferers, with Zuckerberg having it at a pathological level, and Musk not nearly as much. Digitalcentrism is the disorder that prevents you from seeing flaws in strategies, methods and other uses of computer technology, due to the fact that you believe that computers and digital technology are the ultimate solution to everything. Thus Zuckerberg thinks that all fears of AI are unfounded while Musk, like Marshall and Stephen Hawking, is on the other side of the issue but is still not as informed as Marshall.
"I've written about both, the Musk - Zuckerberg debate at Quora.com, as well as the issue of digitalcentrsim,"
You can read the entire CMS Wire article, at https://www.cmswire.com/