Here is a bit of well-written realistic/believable/possible fiction (or is it?). It tells the tale of a type of highly-potent AI, AI that can be deployed against groups of people – just like a weapon. A mind-weapon.
While the story is indeed plausible, it’s a fictional narrative. (Even though one could easily “see” the effects of such a tool in today’s world – no imagination needed).
Could something like it ever be developed? Will it be developed? Does it already exist?
I propose that a “mind weapon” like it does exist – although not as a computer algorithm.
Because while the story is fiction, what is fact is the effect of political correctness upon today’s brains. “PC” is a very potent mind weapon. Because of the observable effects of “political correctness”, I am for free thought, free speech, and rational discussion of ideas. I am for calling things by their true names. And I am against “political correctness”. Political correctness is the exact equivalent of communist speech control.
If you think that’s an asinine idea, consider the claims of the following quote:
“Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
– Theodore Dalrymple
That quote contains more truth than you will hear in a week of evening news.
So, “mind weapons” have been deployed. But they’re not AI, and they’re not “new”. They are words, and words controls, and have been around for quite some time.
Actions result from thoughts. Thoughts are made of ideas. Ideas are spring forth from words. Words are root of all we ever will do, in a way.
If you can limit or control the words a person can use, you can control the potential of what they are able to think. If you can influence or limit a person’s thoughts in this way…you can control the person.