End of Mankind Caused By Chess

The movie, The Terminator, with the so-called Governator, Arnold Schwarzenator, in the lead, depicts a future in which a war rages between humans and the robots they created. It the year 2525, if humans are still alive, they will look back on those living today, and the game of chess, as the cause of all their problems. Chess will be loathed and reviled by our progeny.
Last night on the Coast to Coast AM radio program the guest was scientist, professor, and entrepreneur Steve Omohundro. (http://steveomohundro.com/) He has published a paper, Autonomous technology and the greater human good. (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0952813X.2014.895111#.U2ZaZfuhEuQ) He “…warned that autonomous robots of the future are likely to behave in anti-social and harmful ways unless they are very carefully designed. He observed that there are two dueling forces driving the further development of AI technology: business and military interests. To that end, he expressed concern that the competitive nature of this race to develop artificial intelligence will result in technologies being created without considering the potential dangers they could pose to humanity. Since autonomous technology could develop a drive for self-preservation, Omohundro stressed the need to impose human values on AI systems in order to prevent them from harming people as a means of ensuring their own survival.” (http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2014/05/03)
In the paper, “Autonomous technology and the greater human good”, it is written, “To develop an intuition about the drives, it is useful to consider a simple autonomous system with a concrete goal. Consider a rational chess robot with a utility function that rewards winning as many games of chess as possible against good players. This might seem to be an innocuous goal but we will see that it leads to harmful behaviours due to the rational drives.”
The song In the year 2525, by Zager and Evans, was released in the year 1969. On Songfacts.com it is written, “In the Year 2525″ stayed at #1 for 6 weeks, which was longer than any other song that year and earned it the distinction of #1 record of the year 1969. The song reflected the apprehension of the times and also the wonder of technology: it started its chart run the week before the Apollo 11 moon landing. This was the only hit for the Nebraska Folk Rock duo of Denny Zager and Rick Evans.” (http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=1975)
The song is one of the best, if not the best, one hit wonders of all time.
Zager and Evans – In The Year 2525 (exordium And Terminus)
In the year 2525,
If man is still alive,
If woman can survive,
They may find-

In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth,
Tell no lies.
Everything you think, do, and say
Is in the pill you took today.

In the year 4545
Ain’t gonna need your teeth,
Won’t need your eyes.
You won’t find a thing to chew,
Nobody’s gonna look at you.

In the year 5555
Your arms are hanging limp at your side,
You legs got nothing to do,
Some machine’s doing that for you.

In the year 6565
Ain’t gonna need no husband,
Won’t need no wife.
You’ll pick your sons, pick your daughters too

From the bottom of a long glass tube.

Whoa-oh-oh.

In the year 7510
If God’s a-coming
He ought to make it by then.
Maybe he’ll look around himself and say,
“Guess it’s time for the Judgement Day.”

In the year 8510
God is gonna shake his mighty head.
He’ll either say, “I’m pleased where man has been”
Or tear it down and start again.
Whoa-oh-oh

In the year 9595
I’m kinda wondering
If man is gonna be alive;
He’s taken everything this old Earth can give
And he ain’t put back nothing.

Now it’s been ten thousand years,
Man has cried a billion tears
For what he never knew.
Now man’s reign is through.
But through eternal night,
The twinkling of starlight,
So very far away,
Maybe it’s only yesterday…

In the year 2525 (etc…)
http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/13030/

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