Brandon Phillips alerts us to dangers of AI, uses teammate Jose Siri like a phone
Noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has warned us about the dangers of artificial intelligence, saying AI "would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn't compete and would be superseded."
Brandon Phillips further explored that idea while in the dugout on Thursday. Pulling teammate Jose Siri over, Phillips took out an imaginary smartphone (showing excellent prop work along the way) and proceded to engage with his teammate/computer assistant.
While we're 99 percent certain that Jose Siri is a human being and not a remarkably advanced cyborg, it's that one percent of doubt, needling at the base of our skulls, that Phillips was likely toying with in his cultural critique. After all, if Edwin Jackson's GPS could deliver him to the wrong stadium, what's to stop the computers from leading us to the work camps where we must mine the rare ores that fuel their power cells?
While we don't know exactly what Phillips tried asking Siri, we can make a few assumptions:
Phillips: Siri, do you experience emotions? Did your programmers install a conscience? A moral code? Do you know what love is?
Or, perhaps slightly more likely:
Phillips: Siri, call home. No, call home. No, I don't want to buy a garden gnome. No, I also don't want the Wikipedia article on Noam Chomsky. Arrrrgh, you're worthless!