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Recently resurfaced writings by Serbian-American inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla seemingly predicted the development of artificial intelligence and its rise as a groundbreaking piece of technology.
Tesla, a pioneer of technology and of the use of electricity, wrote over 120 years ago some eerily accurate predictions about the emergence of a machine with its “own mind.” (Related: Entrepreneur Ian Hogarth warns reckless development of AI could lead to the destruction of humanity.)
“I purpose to show that, however impossible it may now seem, an automaton may be contrived which will have its ‘own mind,’” wrote Tesla in an essay titled “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy” in the now-defunct monthly magazine, The Century Magazine, in its June 1900 edition.
“And by this I mean that it will be able, independent of any operator, left entirely to itself, to perform, in response to external influences affecting its sensitive organs, a great variety of acts and operations as if it had intelligence,” continued Tesla.
“It will be able to follow a course laid out or to obey orders given far in advance; it will be capable of distinguishing between what it ought and what it ought not to do, and of making experiences or, otherwise stated, of recording impressions which will definitely affect its subsequent actions.”
For years before and after this essay, Tesla had been thinking of AI. In one letter to a professor at Purdue University written in the 1890s, Tesla explained how, in his experiments with radio-controlled technology, he was also thinking about future inventions involving “machines possessed of their own intelligence.” Although he believed that he himself would be the inventor of such a machine.
“Since that time I had advanced greatly in the evolution of the invention and think that the time is not distant when I shall show an automaton which, left to itself, will act as though possessed of reason and without any willful control from the outside,” wrote Tesla.
This statement cuts very close to the world’s general understanding of AI as non-living beings that are able to simulate human intelligence and can carry out various tasks, either on their own or based on prompts by humans.
“Whatever be the practical possibilities of such an achievement, it will mark the beginning of a new epoch in mechanics,” wrote Tesla.
Tesla also concerned with unrestricted development of AI
Tesla, born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1856 and moved to the United States in his late 20s, is famed for inventions like the Tesla coil, hydroelectric power and his work on developing a radio. He is also known for predicting a variety of modern inventions, like the creation of unmanned vehicles, wireless technology and even modern-day cell phones, which he referred to as “vest-pocket” technology.
His resurfaced prediction about “automatons” act as a surprisingly prescient forecast of the development of AI. James Sikorski, a member of the History and Collections Committee at the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Long Island, New York, noted that Tesla previously described AI, to which he gave the name “teleautomaton,” as having a “borrowed mind.”
“This perhaps better illustrates the potential benefits, yet dangers, of unrestricted AI – for where the mind is ‘borrowed’ from could make all the difference since it will be built upon the work of human beings who may be unable to contain their inherent flaws or biases,” said Sikorski in an interview with Fox News Digital. “Tesla did foresee an age of machines thinking independently of humans.”
Learn more about the rise of artificial intelligence tech at Robotics.news.
Watch this special video report from Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, about how AI being built by leftists will be used to annihilate the human race.
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- AI is currently the greatest threat to humanity, warns investigative reporter Millie Weaver.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
We will never avoid the truth. The Lord will provide if it is His will. Our job is simply to share the facts, spread the Gospel, and educate as many Americans as possible while exposing the forces of evil.
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