There are a number of ways we could be “acting on” artificial intelligence. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss a film as well as real-life examples of police brutality that illustrate the concept of acting on phony information.

Topics discussed include the movie “Her”, whether it is it even possible to fall in love with an operating system, elements of a relationship, whether it is possible to be romantically in love with more than one person at a time, how the artificial intelligence “learns” and is not simply the initial programming, whether people would be happier if they could choose the perfect mate that was an android, video of St. Louis Police killing a man they claim came at them with a knife, how “suspects” of color are never given the same benefit of the doubt as white suspects, the wrongheaded thinking of training Black youth to be submissive toward the police, the recent Dallas Police shooting of a man whom the police claim “displayed” a gun after they found him suspicious for sitting in a parking lot with his vehicle running, Cheri shares the story of a recent encounter with police at Walmart, and more!

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  • Discussion about the movie “Her”, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson.
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    A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

    Source: IMDB

  • The people in the movie have relationships with their operating systems that are “perfect” for them–at least initially. The main character falls in love with his operating system.
  • Is it even possible to fall in love with an operating system?
  • Discussion about the elements of a relationship. Essentially a relationship implies any interaction.
  • What are the human needs being met by the non-physical relationships.
  • In order to understand how people view relationships, you must understand the person’s life philosophy. This can vary differently, depending on how the person views the world.
  • If you talk to your computer, are you really talking it the computer, or just the programmer by proxy?
  • Discussion about how the artificial intelligence “learns” and is not simply the initial programming.
  • Would people be happier if they could choose the perfect mate that was an android–if they were robots
  • Discussion about how the operating system was much smarter than any human, but yet with the human characteristics, she outgrew the guy. She developed wants and desires, just like a person would. As a result of this, the same complexities are brought into the human-AI relationship.
  • Discussion about whether it is possible to romantically love more than one person at a time.
  • People tend to think that romantic love is the only kind of love that people think you can only have one at a time of.
  • Discussion about how even though a person might want to have sex outside of their main relationship, it doesn’t mean that they they don’t want and value that main relationship.
  • Discussion about St. Louis police shooting and killing a man they claim came at them with a knife, and the video of the entire event.

    St. Louis police fatally shot a knife-wielding man during an afternoon confrontation with officers Tuesday, according to police.
    Kajieme Powell, 25, allegedly refused to drop his weapon after stealing from a Six Stars Market convenience store along Riverview Blvd. around 12:30 p.m., KTVI reported.

    Powell allegedly yelled, “Shoot me, kill me now!” Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

    Source: NY Daily News

  • Police released the video, but the video shows that the man appears to be mentally ill, and the situation didn’t occur as they reported. The man didn’t have the knife above his head and trying to strike an officer. He was also farther away from the officers than was originally reported.
  • The man was clearly agitated before the incident. The police also handcuffed him after they killed him.
  • Why didn’t the police try to use a nonlethal weapon? Why did they just kill him like that? Their entire justification was that the man had a knife.
  • Discussion about how “suspects” of color are never give the same benefit of the doubt as white suspects.
  • The police are very comfortable now days just releasing videos where they are blatantly wrong.
  • Discussion about the wrongheaded thinking of training Black youth to be submissive toward the police–regardless of how they behave.
  • Discussion about the need to have those in the community who are willing to stand up in the face of potential violence against them because they understand that this will never end unless people stand up for themselves.
  • Discussion about the recent Dallas Police shooting of a man whom the police claim “displayed” a gun after they found him suspicious for sitting in a parking lot with his vehicle running. Now the police say he shot and killed himself, In addition they talked about the victim being a sex offender.

    Update by Claire Cardona at 9:16 p.m.: Police have identified the man as 30-year-old Michael Mayo. Mayo has been convicted of various drug possession charges and has a lengthy record dating to 2002.

    Records show he had his probation revoked for a 2009 burglary of habitation conviction.

    Update by Tristan Hallman at 4:42 p.m.: Deputy Chief Gil Garza said the chase started after officers spotted a man and a woman sitting in a car around 1:30 p.m. in a hotel parking lot in the 3300 block of the Marvin D. Love Freeway.

    Garza said the officers talked to the man and said they smelled marijuana. They ran a check of his ID and found a bulletin saying he had an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation and might be armed and dangerous.

    Officers couldn’t coax the man to come out of the car — they didn’t tell him he was under arrest — and he took off. He nearly hit an officer with his car, police said. The woman bailed out of the car, and the man drove off.

    Garza said multiple officers fired on the suspect, who has not been identified pending next of kin notification. The woman was taken to police headquarters for questioning, a police spokesman said.
    Source: Dallas Morning News


  • Cheri shares the story of a recent encounter with police at Walmart, as she tried to get them to help a woman who had requested police assistance in the parking lot.

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