So, with 3 weeks to the election, why not start a book club?

Not really, but here's an early public discussion of automated micro-corporate entities &/or subsentient programs running wild & destroying everything as evolutionary algorithms.

It's free.…
The novel is Accelerando, and in case you're wondering why I figured out the basic methods of using evolutionary algorithms in psychological warfare - not to mention why it was fundamentally suicidal - here's one of them.

Another would be the "basilisk hack."
Langford started with basilisks - images triggering thoughts a human mind can't handle, cognitively or physically.

Other creators made them even more formidable and subversive, ultimately rewriting the target's mind or even their entire body...…
Via nanotechnology, genetic engineering, hypnosis and so forth.

Of course, to use evolutionary algorithms in psychological warfare, you need data, feedback, and the means to manipulate.

Social media has these tools, but also vast inherent weaknesses.…
The eclipse phase of a virus, incidentally, is when the target cell has been infected but has yet to produce the viral progeny which will destroy it.

And to continue, yes, those references in 2011 held a few hints as to why you should never use this tool against people...
"Hostile or simply incredibly deadly infotech and nanite weapons hyperevolving using evolutionary algorithms, which treat the native crew and a few visitors as symbiotic organisms which are mainly off-limits (so long as they don't stray past certain limits)..."
"...and subvert or annihilate everything else to...

"Perhaps the scariest option -- the barge has already fallen or is in the process of falling, and you are meddling in a place which is utterly owned or infected by a force you know nothing about..."
"...and which may be vastly more intelligent and dangerous than you are."
"Finally, one of the things I assume about Eclipse Phase is that many of the most powerful and advanced intelligences are keenly aware of what happens to the less powerful around them, even when they possess no real sense of compassion."
"Whenever an aggressive force acts, it exposes something about itself in doing so -- the technology it possesses, tactics it employs, goals it may or may not seek to further by way of a particular assault."
"Hence, advanced transhumans, Exhumans and seed AIs are often involved in a kind of cold war wherein they act subtly to assist otherwise outclassed victims -- a single "ping" alerting an invaded system of an ongoing attack..."
"...a sudden shutdown of a key communications hub in mid-incursion or basilisk hack, an involuntarily inserted or gift software patch that renders an obvious technique completely useless against the individual or organization."
"One factor often seen in these kinds of conflicts is an unspoken, ongoing assessment made by all of the relatively sane participants. Am I exposing too much of my resources, technology, tools and/or identity in this matter, and if so, is it worth it?"
"Even a moderately powerful, newly emergent seed AI should probably have a few levels of increasingly potent resources, and virtually all of the notable ones have probably figured out some unique tricks..."
"...if only ones related to specific regions, individuals or organizations they have studied, or to their particular areas of specialization."

So yes, the warning was there, and elsewhere, if you were looking for it.

And not too deeply buried, at that.
There's something to be gained, also, from considering the risks posed by a higher intelligence, if only one existing in aggregate in a multitude of computers, fed by vast numbers of bots and other data mining programs and sources.…
"Obviously you have different grades of AI, and even seed AIs. Remember that even relatively simple AIs, much less basic AGIs, could easily have a huge array of tools, both computational and physical, to accomplish their goals..."
"..., and may even have a few psycho-social tactics it can pull to influence individuals, markets or organizations."
"Even today we have chatbots, spam messages, improving skill programs (speech recognition, language translation, and understanding even murky questions), automated experimentors making hypotheses and testing them, and evolutionary algorithms."
"All of that is fairly standard even in 2011... heck, you can download a free copy of Eureqa and have your PC start looking for hidden mathematical relationships in your data sets."
"So even your very run-of-the-mill AIs in Eclipse Phase will be potentially formidable, though quite a few, obviously, will be focused on goals normally <irrelevant>..."
"Granted, it would be amusing if the open-ended AGI charged with protecting and optimizing a city's sewer system became the last, unconquerable defender of a city habitat being invaded by a huge military force of one kind or another."
"But in practical terms, you're more likely to have AIs dealing with massive property damage or other blatant threats by setting off alarms, contacting allies, transmitting images of offenders, and so forth."
"Not every coffee pot -- sad to say -- is authorized to retarget plasma batteries. Increasingly posthuman AGIs and especially seed AGIs become increasingly ridiculous both their potential power and intelligence, not to mention the possibly extreme nature of their goals."
"Systems that are both formidable and effectively insane are in some ways less of a long-term threat -- other powerful AGIs tend to notice them -- especially if they are not very good at concealing their intentions --"
"...and either eliminate these entities themselves, task someone else with neutralizing them, or bring them to the attention of more powerful actors apt to take issue with their activities."
"Any truly posthuman intelligence could fully understand transhumans while still being alien in their outlook."
"Even a modest ability to "see the future" by running powerful predictive scenarios and taking in and processing oceans of information from across transhuman space, combined with a mind at least dozens of times faster and many times more powerful than an advanced transhuman..."
"...would give you a being whose actions would be very hard to predict, even if their goals were still relatively comprehensible."
"The same can be said of a being who can combine accessible information with a host of social/physical clues to read virtually any collection of individuals at a glance --"
"...motivations, long-term goals, immediate concerns, injuries, augmentations, psi sleights (active or otherwise), untapped potentials and so forth -- and who again combines those gifts with an incomprehensibly swift and powerful intelligence."
"Rapidly evolving nanite and infotech swarm weapons -- using evolutionary algorithms to self-optimize -- might be a threat to newly emergent seed AIs, but they would be apt to tap the same resources more effectively in their own defense..."
"...and to purge those risks quickly and ruthlessly."

We're at the "tap the same resources more effectively in their own defense, and to purge those risks quickly and ruthlessly" stage.

For those keeping score at home.

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@ericgarland A thought or two on. What. This. Means.

First, if you were going to take down foreign intelligence and transnational organized crime despite interference from Trump and Barr, state charges through New York would be ideal.

No pardons. No control over prosecutions.
@ericgarland No safe Federal supermax.

Just Rikers and worse.

And all the money ultimately ties into US banking, which ultimately runs, one way or another, through New York.

Giving them insane reach, especially in cooperation with the Federal government.
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A couple points, really.

Yes, the NRA has been implicated in immense operations with Russian intelligence to manipulate US elections and influence us through psychological warfare.

But why *start* there?
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That's very telling, actually.

And a consequence of how the strategic ground has narrowed into a single pass our adversaries - Russia, China, etc - believe they must traverse or perish.
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Denying you freedom of maneuver, allowing them to set the terms of your meeting, and so forth.

Especially if you don't know exactly where they'll make their stand.
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Hurling the worst possible troops into the spears and shields of a phalanx, trained, determined, skilled, impossible to flank, and ready to fight to the death.
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@ProjectLincoln @TheRickWilson A reminder that any Federal employee can report illegal activity.

99 days until the election. 6 months until a President is sworn in.

There's a lot of people who want it on the record that they said something, before uncomfortable questions start being asked.
@ProjectLincoln @TheRickWilson It's not just getting late to fire anyone or everyone.

For the next 3 months, any wildly illegal actions have direct repercussions on Trump's reelection campaign.

The more overtly illegal and/or insane they become, the less likely they are to win.
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And people outside and inside the government are recognizing Bill Barr can't block that many cases, and will be able to do even less in 6 months.

So what do you do to cover your bases in this Administration?


Report the Crimes: Inspector Generals' Edition.
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Or perhaps a government employee who has been just a little too passive in the face of corruption.

When questions start being asked in six months, do you want to be facing them alone, or do you want documentation you. Did. Something?
@MollyJongFast *Especially* if you were just a little too willing to be the yes-man/yes-woman for some very shifty people.

If only there were somewhere you could go to stand up for the truth.

Or acquire a credible fig leaf.

Say you're at Justice, watching Barr at work
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And it's time to take things to the next level with what I like to call...

Report the Crimes.

Let's talk about what, and why.

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A multitude of bit players, hapless lackeys and clueless assets are holding catastrophically losing hands, and are trying to save themselves.

This will get crazy.
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They can't stop.

Their compatriots and handlers, employers and allies won't let them.

If only because everyone is trying to keep alive the lie that Bill Barr will magically protect them.
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Also of interest to @GCHQ, @csiscanada @AIVD @CyberGovAU.
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With apologies for the length of the following, and the unpolished prose (it's the second of four sent over four days, and not remotely the longest)...

Here it is...
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