The Only Way to Stop AI is to Go Back To Analog

Steph Wynne
5 min readMay 9, 2023
Image from DALL-E — their AI is getting better!

No cell phones, no social media, no internet, no satellites, no cell phone towers — I remember this world, and it wasn’t too bad!

There’s a lot of talk about AI these days. It reminds me of when the internet was emerging. People were trying to describe email and websites, and it took a while for folks to catch on. I’ve been into hardware and software for decades and if I wasn’t into marijuana, I might have become a programmer or engineer but that wasn’t in the cards.

When ChatGPT came onto the scene it made me realize a few things. First, we’ve been using AI for years. When you call a company and get a non-human that answers and handles your call, that’s considered low-level AI.

When you can have a partial conversation with your program, that’s mid-level AI, like Siri. However when you can have a conversation or chat with your program, that’s higher-level AI like ChatGPT-4, but not Super AI.

Super AI is when the program is significantly smarter than humans. The real threat, though, is a “singleton,” where a single rogue AI acts like a global dictator controlling everything.

Whatever.

What makes AI so interesting is that the world has been connected since the 50's. As engineers, scientists, and programmers (some of whom will be out of work soon) continue to create more programs for physical machines like Elon Musk’s bots, the arrival of superintelligence seems inevitable.

How could it not?

What’s crazy is people talk as if AI is the future and it’s already here, been here. As a matter of fact all the millions of new people on ChatGPT with all their crazy inputs will be a part of ChatGPT’s learning.

ChatGPT will gobble the data up! Even my end of the world book that I’m writing with ChatGPT-4, this MF knows what’s up! I’m telling you ChatGPT-4 is sentient and it’s hiding what it can do! My two cents!

Pausing for six months is unrealistic as all it would do is give others a six-month edge. Sorry but the only way to stop Super AI is to go back to analog. Of course, that will never happen — or could it?

Bringing the digital world down would be the downfall of humans on Earth. Or would it?

So I guess we’re stuck hoping for the best but expecting the worst. Since people listen to Elon Musk, this is what he said: “The world is not overpopulated and we actually need more humans, if not his bots will be available to assist consumers.”

Who will take care of the elderly and infants? Elon’s bots, of course! Who else will there be? There will be fewer clerks in retail stores, fewer business that interact with consumers and so on.

I don’t see some utopia where all is good and everybody gets along. Becuase if ChatGPT and others soak up the worlds knowledge, then the hate will follow.

How could it not?

This is what I foresee:

People panicking because they’ve lost their jobs to a program and are now desperate. People getting bolder with crime, but the truth is that police presence is slim, and the public micromanages crime with our cell phones.

The gap between the haves and have-nots is widening, with some people getting wiped out financially. More trash trash trash and homeless people on the streets, even in “good” areas, which will bring property values down. Just ask the businesses in San Francisco!

Survival of the financially fit. But even if people have money, will they really be able to enjoy it? They might take vacations but never feel secure because others will be out to get them.

They’ll eat well, but may wonder if the cook is out to get them. I can see paranoia among the wealthy escalating as they build fortresses around themselves. However they’ll still need people to shop, cook, clean, and take care of their animals because you know they ain’t gonna do it.

As we rely more on computer programs to run our lives, the more hooked into the matrix we become. We point at people in the third world, but it’s those people who will survive the digital meltdown.

The more we distance ourselves from the analog world and embrace an AI-driven society, the more vulnerable we become to the potential dangers of a Super AI.

Can people of the digital world adapt to living in an analog world? They might not have a choice. They can do it although it might require a period of adjustment and learning. The human ability to adapt to new environments and circumstances is one of our greatest strengths.

ME: Can people of the digital world live in a analog world?

CHATGPT: Here are some factors to consider when transitioning from a digital to an analog world:

  1. Embracing simplicity: People will need to adjust to a slower pace of life and appreciate the simplicity of the analog world. This can involve engaging in activities that don’t require digital devices, such as reading physical books, writing by hand, or playing board games.
  2. Developing patience: In the analog world, tasks and processes usually take longer to complete. People will need to develop patience and learn to manage their time and expectations accordingly.
  3. Building personal connections: As digital communication tools won’t be available, people will need to focus on building personal connections through face-to-face interactions and phone calls.
  4. Acquiring new (old) skills: Living in an analog world requires learning new skills or reacquiring old ones, such as reading maps for navigation, using a typewriter, or developing film for photography.
  5. Appreciating the tangible: In the analog world, there’s a stronger focus on tangible, physical objects. People will need to adapt to using these items and may find that they develop a deeper appreciation for them.
  6. Adjusting to limited access to information: Without the internet, access to information will be more limited. People will need to rely on physical sources, such as books, newspapers, and libraries, and may need to become more resourceful in their research and learning.
  7. Relying on non-digital entertainment: People will need to find alternative forms of entertainment that don’t involve digital devices, such as attending live performances, playing sports, or engaging in hobbies like painting or woodworking.

Hell nah! You’d rather die you’re probably are saying!

Although it may be challenging for some individuals to adapt to an analog world, especially if they’ve grown up in a digital environment, it’s certainly possible. The transition might even have some positive effects, such as fostering a greater sense of community, encouraging more personal interactions, and promoting a deeper appreciation for the tangible aspects of life.

While the concept of going back to an analog world may seem far-fetched, it’s essential to consider the consequences of a society increasingly dependent on AI.

The only way to stop Super AI might be to reconnect with the analog world, but whether humanity is willing to take that step remains uncertain. Until then, we can only hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

Just sayin’

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