If you’ve seen the TV-Show Westworld Season 3 (yeah, not nearly as good as Season 1), you recall a gigantic AI system, that was creating a mirror image of the world, including all people, places, things and events, even down to exact street names and terrain in order to simulate and anticipate what would happen. It could predict events for individuals, groups or even the whole world with high accuracy.
The makers of the TV-Show call this “science fiction”, but it isn’t. It was a reality, long before this “sci fi” show was even produced. Rather than predicting the future, it was perhaps to get people used to its reality in the present. There are already many variants of this AI, existing today. One of them is a military-funded program called Sentient World Simulation. To quote (bolding mine):
The program has amassed databases so profound they can now look so deep into a person’s life they can predict their thoughts and future actions with relative certainty. Although this system is incredibly intrusive and raises many moral concerns, it provides valuable insight into questions which could be extremely beneficial. It’s unclear as to whether all the private-sector efforts towards transparency will have any effect on the direction and intensity of public-sector surveillance.
By gathering enough intelligence SWS is capable of producing realistic simulations of various different scenarios such as natural disasters, foreign and domestic attacks, resource shortages, and hazardous economic trends. The program, once finished will utilize the information from its colossal database to create these hypothetical situations, predict possible outcomes, and test the effectiveness of various responses. Researchers hope the system will be able to provide effective answers to complex questions which baffle the most skilled thinkers and will create more efficient methods of responding to catastrophes.
To read more, here is the source: Sentient World Simulation and NSA Surveillance
Pretty amazing, huh?
To anticipate how you react in real life, the programmers experiment in a virtual-reality mirror of Earth. They simulate pandemics, disasters, market crashes, hazardous weather, cut power supplies, etc. They input one scenario into the Earth-Mirror and the program spits out a few of the most likely scenarios.
The program was already being developed in 2007, as this article shows:
Sentient World Simulation (SWS)…a “synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information“
“SWS provides an environment for testing Psychological Operations (PSYOP),” the paper reads, so that military leaders can “develop and test multiple courses of action to anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners”.
SWS also replicates financial institutions, utilities, media outlets, and street corner shops. By applying theories of economics and human psychology, its developers believe they can predict how individuals and mobs will respond to various stressors…
(It is) now capable of running real-time simulations for up to 62 nations, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and China. The simulations gobble up breaking news, census data, economic indicators, and climactic events in the real world, along with proprietary information such as military intelligence.
Military and intel officials can introduce fictitious agents into the simulations (such as a spike in unemployment, for example) to gauge their destabilising effects on a population.
If this was already successfully being run in 2007 and earlier, then Westworld Season 3 was already outdated before it was even filmed.
So…is this a good or bad thing? I don’t know. I guess that depends on what kind of world you wish to live in. It’s certainly an interesting thing. The problem right now, is that only a select few people have access to this kind of data. With it, they accumulate and horde power. Will the knowledge become more widely available some day? Probably. The first people who had Internet, in the 1960s, was the U.S. Military. We got ours in the 1990s. So maybe we’ll get our own private world and life simulator in another 20 years.
In my 2006 book “Parallel Universes of Self“, I say that you have many possible pasts and futures, depending on the choices you make. Would it be useful if you had a program that could show you the most likely outcomes for each choice, based on all kinds of data? Would that not make your life much easier?
I doubt it. Firstly: It would rob you of the process of making decisions based on what you have learned and based on intuition (which is soul-knowledge that transcends space and time). Much of modern life robs you of experiencing process: You get your Burger ready-made and don’t experience the process of hunting, killing, skinning and cooking it. You get your clothes ready-made and don’t experience the process of collecting materials and weaving them. Likewise, having this computer that knows everything beforehand is the ultimate control-freak dream, but will it make people stronger, happier and more able? Secondly: How easily could someone who owns this kind of program, steer your life? Would you not become nothing more than a guinea pig in someones gigantic reality simulation program? (Are we already in such a simulation program?)
SWS is not the only project that seeks to exercise control of reality by amassing insane amounts of data. Quoting from another article, on a project called Senient (not the same as the previous one):
Sentient is (or at least aims to be) an omnivorous analysis tool, capable of devouring data of all sorts, making sense of the past and present, anticipating the future, and pointing satellites toward what it determines will be the most interesting parts of that future.
Until now, Sentient has been treated as a government secret, except for vague allusions in a few speeches and presentations. But recently released documents — many formerly classified secret or top secret — reveal new details about the program’s goals, progress, and reach.
Research related to Sentient has been going on since at least October 2010…
“It ingests high volumes of data and processes it,” says Furgerson. “Sentient catalogs normal patterns, detects anomalies, and helps forecast and model adversaries’ potential courses of action.” The NRO did not provide examples of patterns or anomalies, but one could imagine that things like “not moving a missile” versus “moving a missile” might be on the list. Those forecasts in hand, Sentient could turn satellites’ sensors to the right place at the right time to catch ill will (or whatever else it wants to see) in action. “Sentient is a thinking system,” says Furgerson.
…the sky is crowded with other downward-looking satellites, some owned by private intelligence companies. One of these, BlackSky, uses those satellites to feed into a system that’s essentially Sentient’s unclassified doppelgänger.
When two oil tankers were attacked in the Strait of Hormuz on June 13th, BlackSky’s program sent its satellites into action and took pictures of the incident while smoke from the explosions was still spiraling skyward. The ships’ drifting beacons and local news reports hinted that something was up, prompting BlackSky analysts to turn their attention to the busy shipping lane near Iran.
Yes, these are not only self-thinking and future-predicting AI systems, but entire satellites and weapon systems are already equipped with them! The future dreamed up in the Terminator movies of the 80s and 90s, is already here as a potentiality.
If you’ve seen the Netflix show “Black Mirror”, you might have thought it’s also a sci-fi show, but it’s more of a documentary with the purpose of introducing already existing technologies and developments to you, in the guise of “fiction”.
The creation of a mirror-world is supported by AI Programs that are learning more about us than even our closest friends know. One App, for example, is called Replika. It has been Downloaded tens of millions of times since 2017. Quoted from an article titled The App that is trying to replicate you:
Replika launched in March. At its core is a messaging app where users spend tens of hours answering questions to build a digital library of information about themselves. That library is run through a neural network to create a bot, that in theory, acts as the user would. Right now, it’s just a fun way for people to see how they sound in messages to others, synthesizing the thousands of messages you’ve sent into a distillate of your tone—rather like an extreme version of listening to recordings of yourself. But its creator, a San Francisco-based startup called Luka, sees a whole bunch of possible uses for it: a digital twin to serve as a companion for the lonely, a living memorial of the dead, created for those left behind, or even, one day, a version of ourselves that can carry out all the mundane tasks that we humans have to do, but never want to.
Luka’s vision for Replika is to create a digital representation of you that can act as you would in the world, dealing with all those inane but time consuming activities like scheduling appointments and tracking down stuff you need. It’s an exciting version of the future, a sort of utopia where bots free us from the doldrums of routine or stressful conversations, allowing us to spend more time being productive, or pursuing some higher meaning.
The team worked with psychologists to figure out how to make its bot ask questions in a way that would get people to open up and answer frankly. You are free to be as verbose or as curt as you’d like, but the more you say, the greater opportunity the bot has to learn to respond as you would.
A similar app was also portrayed in “Westworld Season 2”. Again, these type of apps were invented before the show was even written.
On a bright note: As powerful as all of this data-amassing and behavior-predicting can be, I don’t think it supersedes
a) the power of intention,
b) the power of intuition and
c) the power of spirit.
If all meteorologists, with their masses of data, science and facts predict that it’s going to rain and I intend and pray for sunshine, then all the data is for nothing. I’ve in fact done this so often (see linked article), that I now tell people “An App does not decide what the weather is like. You have the power to ask for better”. Most people think I am joking (that’s how far away they are from Source). Expected outcomes can be defied with spiritual power. Spirit over matter, spirit over data. That’s why I will keep teaching Reality Creation, which is the opposite of living so robotically that you succumb to computer-predicted patterns for your life.