Exploring the Future of A.I. With Mr. Malibu

With Malibu’s synagogue and chabad, 10 churches, 14 psychiatrists, 3 meditation centers, 42 rehabs, 24 weekly A.A. meetings and numerous life coaches, many Malibuites engage in mindfulness and spiritual practices. There is a common thread of interest in experiencing peace and healing on all levels. To augment the above approaches, I would like to introduce PsyberCeuticals (or simply PsyC), a genuinely altruistic A.I./Machine Learning system that I created from more than 3 decades of deep experience in psychology, meditation and advanced technology.

When Socrates said, “Know Thyself,” he knew the Ocean of Answers is within all of us. Yet with certain invisible things within us, such as deeply rooted emotional and perceptual patterns that affect the quality of our experience, we need a “mirror” to see and resolve them. This mirror can be experienced via group sharing where we see part of ourselves in others, meditation where we see our mind’s activities within the stillness and new insights from PsyC, for example.  

Ironically, the increasing impact of technology on the human psyche (which for millions of people is manifesting as depression, anxiety and obsessive behaviors) is highlighting the need for PsyC, which itself is advanced tech. With both global excitement and trepidation about A.I., I discussed the topic with Stephen Weese, a computer technology professor and media producer, CEO of Marvelous Spiral Studios and current consultant to the Carolina Cyber Center.

Mr. Malibu: “There is a real shortage of women in A.I. expertise, as they comprise about 22% of A.I. experts worldwide. Women see things men do not (and vice versa). How important do you feel more women participation in A.I. development is for purely altruistic purposes and why?” 

Stephen: “Every A.I. system contains human bias. If we continue to create more A.I. with mostly male input, it will have male bias. This is a challenge in representing a realistic and fair point of view.”

Mr. Malibu: “What do you think about current A.I. trends, such as ChatGPT, A.I. art (stable diffusion) and A.I. in the medical field?”

Stephen: “I think the most interesting thing about the proliferation of modern A.I. systems is how it compares to past disruptive technologies. Airplanes, automated machinery, and even simple things like the sewing machine have controversial histories. Barthelemy Thimonnier, inventor of the modern sewing machine, was attacked by an angry mob of tailors trying to burn down his garment factory because they feared the loss of their livelihood.

“I believe in a moderate point of view, seeing the good and bad. ChatGPT has been trained by showing it billions of human written words and given human guidance along the way. Its responses were corrected by trainers to be more desirable from a human perspective. It then creates compelling responses due to the power of modern distributed processors. This can emulate a high-level human writer, which could then be used by pro-writers and students for essays.

“This creates an easier opportunity for writers to have the computer do the writing. Does this mean we should do away with ChatGPT? No. It simply brings another challenge in the use of A.I. that addresses this phenomena of what could be an undetected mix of humans and computers.

“The ethical issue with A.I.-created art is a bit more nuanced. Art intelligence is trained by viewing millions or billions of images and being trained to recognize objects like horses, cars, trees, etc. as well as recognize artists’ styles. Users of this A.I. type in prompts such as, “Two dogs in the style of Johnson Smithee,” and it will dutifully create in that style from the public images on the internet. A human cannot compete with the scale and speed of this A.I. but can use it to magnify our human abilities.

“A.I. is already used in the medical field with expert systems to diagnose patients’ illnesses, at a success rate near to or even higher than an average trained medical doctor. Yet, no one is suggesting doctors be eliminated, as A.I is a tool to help doctors. There are intelligent systems that can detect cancer at an incredibly high rate from digital imaging, enabling patients to have a better chance at survival via early detection. A.I. has tremendous potential in health care and the medical sector.”

Mr. Malibu: “From a technological view, the world’s first laser was invented right here in Malibu by Theodore Maiman in 1960 at Hughes Aircraft. Now 63 years later, advanced laser systems will play a pivotal role in computer science, as computers will switch between zeros and ones a quadrillion times per second; a million times faster than today’s computers.

“In 1994, I envisioned a new way to bring insightful personality information and knowledge by way of a FUN, innocuous A.I.-driven system called StarBrain projected as a holographic person simultaneously interacting with and providing intelligent answers to millions of people. But the tech to deliver it proved to be 30 years in the future. In 2016, I filed a patent for PsyC (which is also a holographic person: YOU). It acts as a mirror through which you can identify deep thought and emotional patterns in your psyche as their sources are revealed.”

Stephen: “Many fear that A.I. will take over the world. Even if A.I. simulates ‘intelligence,’ it does not mean that it has a will or can “think” outside of its programming parameters. I believe the chances of A.I. forcibly taking over the world is quite slim.

“Ray Kurzweil, a leader in the school of thought that A.I. is a positive development, says we already are seriously integrated with computers. Our smartphones are small extensions of our ‘memory,’ helping us find locations and look up answers. Have we added to our intelligence with these smart devices? At the same time, we are physiologically integrated with nature and many studies show how we need sunlight and exposure to greenery and trees, which is correlated with good mental health. We can continue to explore integration with technology as long as we keep in mind our interdependence with nature and this planet. Overall, I think A.I. will be a positive development for humanity.”

Mr. Malibu’s high-profile events and celebrity interviews reach over 22 million on television, 500,000 via social media and nearly 4 million on YouTube. Visit MalibuHD.com and HeartAscent.com to learn more. Look for more Mr. Malibu chapters in next month’s issue.

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