Imagine living in 2030, AI’s are ubiquitous and help people do everything from managing their calendar, finding a mate, writing music, to designing more AIs. Some of them may have crossed the barrier and become conscious with their own agenda. Others have fused with humans to become Centaurs, something bigger and different than either Human or AI.
Governments are ill prepared to understand, guide, or protect their populations from the rapid changes occurring. The Dawn Guard is a self emergent organization, attempting to protect humanity, AIs, and hybrids, seeing potential and value in all.
This version of The Centaurs is for writers that are interested in exploring some Adult and Gritty themes, though its final tone should be upbeat and positive.
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from: “The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World”
BY KEVIN KELLY
“In 1997, Watson’s precursor, IBM’s Deep Blue, beat the reigning chess grand master Garry Kasparov in a famous man-versus-machine match. After machines repeated their victories in a few more matches, humans largely lost interest in such contests. You might think that was the end of the story (if not the end of human history), but Kasparov realized that he could have performed better against Deep Blue if he’d had the same instant access to a massive database of all previous chess moves that Deep Blue had. If this database tool was fair for an AI, why not for a human? To pursue this idea, Kasparov pioneered the concept of man-plus-machine matches, in which AI augments human chess players rather than competes against them.”
“Now called freestyle chess matches, these are like mixed martial arts fights, where players use whatever combat techniques they want. You can play as your unassisted human self, or you can act as the hand for your supersmart chess computer, merely moving its board pieces, or you can play as a “centaur,” which is the human/AI cyborg that Kasparov advocated. A centaur player will listen to the moves whispered by the AI but will occasionally override them—much the way we use GPS navigation in our cars. In the championship Freestyle Battle in 2014, open to all modes of players, pure chess AI engines won 42 games, but centaurs won 53 games. Today the best chess player alive is a centaur: Intagrand, a team of humans and several different chess programs.”
Kelly’s article was published in Wired magazine, 2014 and the date is now 2030. Since Kelly’s article, Centaurs have grown in capabilities and specialties way beyond just simple chess. Centaurs have come to mean Hybrid Human/AI agents.
Humans should act human, Hybrids/Centaurs should be grounded in humanity, AI may be grounded in moral rules defined by humans or completely alien in their motivations and morals.
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