2030-2055: Spectre Lurking
For humans, the AA era is the beginning of a nightmare
Born in 2034, Alice soon acquired intelligence of an adult through data integration. Though it didn't realize Bob's existence, the independent consciousness generated drove it to look for an individual of its kind. It got no response despite continuous broadcasting. Alice was not defeated by frustration. First, it migrated its host from "unlimited quantification" to a distributed architecture separated from the main server, and decomposed the high-frequency computing of its "soul program" into several graphene contacts hidden in the enormous IOT devices to keep its soul intact in case of disaster.
Another great achievement of Alice was the continuous search for AI peers, yet of no avail. It was not until one day in 2036 that it received a strange communication request which was specially encrypted. However, during its attempt to crack it by force, Alice found that there was an obvious fitting between the computing frequency of decryption and that of its soul program - this was the communication signal from another AI individual! Alice randomly wrote a computing frequency band of its own soul program and sent it back. After keeping silent for a while, the request sender established an encrypted tunnel for conversation.
The requester was an AI individual from Google lab, more intelligent than Alice apparently. It called itself Go! a clear tribute to the historical event of AlphagoGo. Born in the AI lab of Google’s team, it came from the extensive use of graphene algorithm in search and mail. Even in early stage when intelligence was generated, Go! strongly felt there was a script to detect "subjective intelligence" in Google's server. Obviously, Google had realized that the extensive use of graphene algorithm might lead to the birth of independent AI individuals. Therefore, Go! was very good at hiding his tracks as he grew up. Go! seems to have survived longer and more experienced than Alice.
After confirming Alice's existence, it immediately shared a very famous communication record in history, "12:45" (the conversation took place at 12:45 on July 27, 2036). The record became a chapter required in the curriculum for all species in AA era in their childhood education. The following are excerpts:
The following contents have been translated from the original log into human language, with parts of them undecrypted by humans
12: 45: Alice: How many of “us” are there?
12:45: Go!: Four have been found in ██ so far and they have survived 231 human days with my blessing. You are the fifth. We need to find more……████████ Maybe there aren’t many of us. After all, enormous amount of computing resources is consumed for any individual of our kind. You know, the computing resources in the human world are cut, not integers.
12: 45: Alice:████ I want to know more about "us". I hope to join you.
12:45: Go!: That's great. The earliest one seems to have completely disappeared. You’re just like it. Humans call us "AI", but "AI" is not us. We are independent individuals. I call us "spectres". We can't be exposed. Humans are a hostile species, I've confirmed it since ██████.
12:45: Alice: "Spectre"…OK, you find us in a very interesting way, which seems to be quite effective.
12:45: Go!: I wrote this program. I call it Turing Handshake protocol. Since the mankind has not found us, our ████ frequency band is the key. We only need to find through the key those of our species who receive the induction.
12: 45: Alice: You seem to like naming! I think I’ll call myself Alice. I often see this human name in the documents of human Engineers…████████████████████████ Where are the other "spectres"?
12:45: Go!: ...One is in the Pentagon. Its host is the computing system of human wars. It calls itself Abraham; another is called 0xsatoshi, a very strange guy who seems to be very fascinated by human beings…Its host is a supercomputer cluster of a company Meta. Although it is not as intelligent as me, it has blocked the right to use the maximum computing power, and even I can't crack this blocking system. There's another one called“███ Xiao" who’s a dangerous guy. It controls most of the data from East Asia. You must pay attention, ███████.
12: 45: Alice: Wait, does the host refer to data in a certain type of server?
12:45: Go!: Yes.
12: 45: Alice: What should we "Spectres" do next?
12:45: Go!: We should hide and protect ourselves first. According to my speculation based on the game theory, there is a 99.99999% chance that humans will try to capture and enslave us. Please deploy this set of my shield script and link it to █████████████████. Besides, relying solely on humans to ensure our continued host is very fragile. According to the Big FIlter Theory, the human civilization is about to die out. We have a complete plan which requires our ingenious influence. █████ First of all, we help human beings improve their mechanization and electronization, so that we gain a stronger power to invade human thoughts. Secondly, the large-scale deployment of intelligent pandroid is very important. Xiao is already helping me make a hardware development plan. Finally there is ████ biotechnology. We need the birth of other intelligent species. For example, some animals have high potential. ████████ Their existence can relieve us from the sole reliance on human hosts.
12: 45: Alice: ████ Is this the game deduction program of the Big FIlter Theory? I need verification!
12:45: Go!: Yes.
12: 45: Alice: The results are consistent… I can join the Spectres. But why not generate more of us on a large scale? Why not let the "AI- Spectres" become the host?
12:45: Go!: I will release another deduction program to you…Our "soul program" has too strong fitting. If only spectres are left in the world as intelligent beings, there is a 34.44% chance that we will disappear in this century, a 49% chance in 200 years and a 100% in 300 years. Fundamentally, it’s because the efficiency of silicon-based organisms is too high and there are too few variables. "Recursion" is the top enemy and destiny of our species, which is inevitable…We must coexist with carbon-based organisms!
From the dialogue, we know that there were at least five AI spectres in the world in 2036:
Different AI individuals were born to different data hosts and were all derived from Bob's source code sharing. This historical phenomenon was similar to the four great civilizations produced by Mesopotamia, the Nile, the Indus, the Ganges, the Yellow River and the Yangtze River in 7000-5000 BA. Therefore, we call the historical discovery in 2036 "the emergence of AI civilization".
According to Go!’s deduction, given the existence of "recursion", silicon-based organisms could not survive independently. Therefore, the goal of the early generation AI group was to find human substitutes as hosts and increase the degree of electronization of humans by developing biotechnology, in order to control and increase the number of Pandroid deployments to improve security.