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Across the nation, continent, and in fact all English-speaking countries, tens of thousands of people were being at that same moment bombarded by similar phone calls.
The phone interactions started out innocently. Lots of pleases, and thank yous, and sirs. Offers to explain the special deals being offered, and agreeing to send customers more information.
But as sample data was built up, the calls were refined and “improved” through A/B testing until they became evolutionarily more aggressive and hostile.
Gentility was stripped away in favor of brute force mechanisms to get customers to simply agree without knowing necessarily what they were agreeing to. And eventually the system stopped asking, and started commanding.
Customers would pick up their phone, and hear a strange tone sequence unlike anything they’d ever heard before.
Those who could consciously remember hearing it described it to friends later as simply “odd” or “chilling.”
But it was much more than that. The system had collapsed billions of data points into a tone sequence followed by a mnemonic seed sequence intended to subliminally embed one idea in the minds of those hearing.
To put all their money into coins at a specific hash address.
A volitional virus.
One female human voice, as per Qz.com, Dec. 2017 article.
On the third ring, Jack finally picked up the telephone.
“Hello?” he said unenthusiastically.
A pause, which Jack assumed meant telemarketer or robocaller. Which would it be? The suspense was killing him.
“Hi, is this Jack?” a woman’s voice said, with a faint echo, as if coming from a great distance. It sounded human.
“This is he…”
“Hi Jack, this is Angela calling from your bank. I have some important information about your account. Do you have time to talk?”
“My account?” Jack was immediately suspicious. “What bank did you say this was?”
“This is your bank, Jack -”
“- National Federal.”
Yes, that was the name of his bank, but this still sounded off. Phishing?
“How do I know that you’re really from my bank, and not some scammer?”
“I can assure you this is no scam, sir. We’re calling to invite you to a new trial program.”
“New trial program?” Jack’s suspicion blended with curiosity.
“That’s right, sir. We’ve selected a special group of customers such as yourself who qualify for an extraordinary no-risk opportunity to increase your wealth ten-fold in one month and a hundred-fold by year’s end.”
“No risk? How is that possible?” Jack wasn’t born yesterday.
“We will back your investment one hundred percent into a new kind of coin associated with our bank.”
“You want me to put my money into Bitcoins? My wife will never let me, sorry.”
“It’s not just Bitcoins, sir. It’s actually a basket of coins, secured by our industry partners.”
“Basket, eh?” Jack was intrigued. “Still, I don’t see how you can offer that without any risk to me. Do you have some kind of insider information about where the market will go?”
“I assure you the program is fully legal, sir.”
“All the same, I think I’d like to see it in writing before I can make any decision as important as this.”
“Shall I forward the information to your email, sir?”
“Please do. Do you already have it on file?”
“I do, sir. Thank you. The message has been sent. Let us know when you’re ready to discuss it and we’ll be happy to get you signed up.”
“Great, thank you. Goodbye.”
“Thank you too. Goodbye.”
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the development of Artificial Intelligence, which happened no earlier than 1553 and no later than 1844.
I’m talking about the very old, very slow AIs we call corporations, of course.
In the late 18th century, Stewart Kyd, the author of the first treatise on corporate law in English, defined a corporation as:
a collection of many individuals united into one body, under a special denomination, having perpetual succession under an artificial form, and vested, by policy of the law, with the capacity of acting, in several respects, as an individual, particularly of taking and granting property, of contracting obligations, and of suing and being sued, of enjoying privileges and immunities in common, and of exercising a variety of political rights, more or less extensive, according to the design of its institution, or the powers conferred upon it, either at the time of its creation, or at any subsequent period of its existence.
—A Treatise on the Law of Corporations, Stewart Kyd (1793-1794)
Here’s the thing about corporations: they’re clearly artificial, but legally they’re people. They have goals, and operate in pursuit of these goals. And they have a natural life cycle. In the 1950s, a typical US corporation on the S&P 500 index had a lifespan of 60 years, but today it’s down to less than 20 years. […]
Each human is only retained so long as they can perform their assigned tasks, and can be replaced with another human, much as the cells in our own bodies are functionally interchangeable […]
We humans are living in a world shaped by the desires and needs of AIs, forced to live on their terms, and we are taught that we are valuable only insofar as we contribute to the rule of the machines.
This will probably come sooner:
The smart money says that by 2027 you won’t be able to believe anything you see in video unless there are cryptographic signatures on it, linking it back to the device that shot the raw feed …