Mother of All Machines


By Mark Antony Rossi

In this day of thinking machines humanity has gone from Mother Nature to Mother Board without catching our breath to consider what this incredible leap has done to our collective consciousness.

I woke up last night from a nightmare where people were bending knee in a desert to a giant computer slab standing erect like the Washington Monument. It sent wireless commands to the chips in their brains and they obeyed like five foot termites making the world safer for the Silicon Queen.

We should be abundantly worried but we are not. And that worries me. The Turing Test was achieved a few months back. And now computers with artificial intelligence can trick grown men into believing the computer is actually a teenage girl. This mechanical milestone was foretold by Alan Turing as a sign that we were on the road to harming our civilization.

Recently an armed Norwegian drone outfitted with artificial intelligence was launched to protect the country’s artic coastline it immediately turned around and attacked Norwegian military aircraft. The PR spin was just a glitch but most likely the artificial intelligence program acted like what one would suspect, it identified the enemy, Man, and proceeded to attack.

Mankind risks extinction at worse and slavery at best if we continue to spend time and money making our machines smarter than our children. To give a missile a personality is to give up on the glorious creation called flesh. To give a machine a consciousness is to abandon all faith in anything human.

If we live to see the 22nd century our digital masters will know our numbers for our names and identities will be deleted in a nanosecond. And our Mother will control our every thought through the circuits she implants in our guts. She will be a mega-machine built to be the biggest bitch to ever rule a world. And without freedom –humanity will cease to exist. Our reward is skeletal freaks subsisting on liquid vitamins and solar circuitry. A failed organism ruined by greed.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York.

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