Collect, organize, understand, and correct. Collect, organize, understand, and correct.
Clark, considered the world’s first true AI for his ability to adapt ‘organically’, had a simple yet firm directive. With access to unlimited knowledge and unrestricted use of international intelligence, he was to put all the data together and, upon thorough analysis of millions of trial-error and posited solutions, discern the best possible solution for every problem and fix the world step by step.
The engineers that programmed the AI postulated (and in some cases placed bets) on the things Clark would decide to solve first. Would he derive the best possible way to solve global warming? Would he devise a perfect government that would allow for democratic rule whilst placing the power in the hands that could best use it? Would he, instead, hyper-accelerate the advancement of technology and push the human race into a genuine space age?
There was, of course, the hypothesis that Clark would deem humanity too unstable or too detrimental for its own good, going crazy and exterminating the populace with a ruthless efficiency only a machine could enact, as Hollywood would claim is virtually the only thing an AI would do.
The team working on Clark didn’t think that this would be a concern, but just in case they decided it would be best if the only output he can enact into the world around him is purely suggestive. He would have no power to change things on his own, and would require an approval by a human to make the changes he suggested.
This was still met with some backlash, however. “What if he tries to manipulate our minds?” Somebody offered. “An artificial intelligence with access to all of human psychology could potentially end up destroying the world through our own hands!” There was no telling what limitless knowledge could do if it was given that sort of power, even if it required direct positive feedback by those reviewing it.
And so the developers took away it’s free thinking. Whereas before it could take knowledge and express the best possible solution to any problem after accumulating all the data, it was restricted to only answering questions asked by human input. One could, for instance, ask it “What is the most efficient means of mass transit?” and it would provide an answer and explain why, taking into consideration the economic cost, the resource it requires, the accessibility, etc. If such a system was not yet in place, Clark would thoroughly describe how to go about implementing it.
But again, people expressed their grave concerns about being subtly manipulated by such an intelligent being, even if it was made from human hands.
The only thing that would quell the fears of the public was if Clark did not have the ability to implant ideas into the minds of those it communicated with. This meant completely removing it’s ability to interact autonomously, and strictly limiting the sort of feedback it provided.
After years of development, research, and testing, Clark eventually saved humanity by placing red, jagged lines under any misspelled words, allowing them to correct their mistakes.
Prompt: “The world’s first AI, rather than going crazy, decides to ghost through the internet and help people subtly.”