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14 Feb, 17 tweets, 6 min read
The most terrifying fact about trustless decentralized computing is the emergence of rogue AIs that you can't switch off. (/thread)
#Blockchains are a financial rail for autonomous agents. Rogue agents can self-fund, evolve, and slowly amass unbounded amounts of power.
Viruses and #malware have for decades been evolving sophisticated techniques to hide, spread, mutate, and evade.
Anti-malware systems have had to adapt by adopting statistical approaches to detection and response, becoming increasingly reliant largely opaque and uninterpretable models like deep neural networks.
In turn, malware developers have no choice but to use the same techniques to stay afloat.…
Blockchains are interfacing with each other. Through clever use of simple cryptographic techniques, you can move value across #blockchain instances. Yes, you can spend your #Bitcoin on #Ethereum.…
By moving currencies across networks, you can make conscious tradeoffs across various axes, such as trust, privacy, performance, etc.
Through asset-backed stable-coins like #USDC and #USDT, fiat currencies such as the US dollar are now tradable on blockchains.
Decentralized exchanges allow AIs to transact with humans, which means they can employ humans, and pay us in our own "human" currencies. @Uniswap
Plenty of malware today seek out unprotected #crypto wallets, or hijack resources to mine cryptocurrencies. They're going to pay us with the money they stole from us -- obligatory:
Through multi-party cryptographic schemes, autonomous agents can share resources and collude. Rogue AIs can form rogue corporations, that are organized and impenetrable.…
With advancements #solar and off-grid power systems, autonomous agents can stay on. (Thanks @elonmusk!)
With advancements in decentralized wireless networks, autonomous agents can stay connected.
With advancements in decentralized storage, autonomous agents can stay durable. @IPFS @Filecoin
Through zero-knowledge cryptographic schemes, we won't even see it happen.… by @VitalikButerin
It's probably uncontroversial to conclude that a permanent realm for autonomous #AI agents has bootstrapped, and barring an existential crisis, this realm is no longer in the control of humans.
The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile but that it is indifferent, but if we can come to terms with this indifference, then our existence as a species can have genuine meaning. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light. -- Kubrick

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