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Cybernetic Hive Minds: A Review in Artificial Intelligence!


Manwon Lender
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Brain–computer interfaces were pushed into the mainstream after the invention of Neuralink [1] by Elon Musk and his startup of the same name. Although the technology is still in its nascent stages, it has immense potential to take humans to the next step in evolution, according to the transhumanist school of thought. Hive minds have existed in nature since the very dawn of life on earth. Bees, ants, termites, and even migratory birds display characteristics of a hive mind where the entire group behaves as if they are controlled by a single mind and work collectively towards achieving a goal.

The social media and smartphone revolution have helped people collectively work together and organize in their day-to-day jobs or activism. This revolution has also led to the massive spread of disinformation amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic by alt-right Neo Nazi Cults like QAnon and their counterparts from across the globe, causing increases in the spread of infection and deaths. This paper presents the case for a theoretical cybernetic hive mind to explain how existing cults like QAnon weaponize group think and carry out crimes using social media-based alternate reality games. We also showcase a framework on how cybernetic hive minds have come into existence and how the hive mind might evolve in the future.

This paper looks at the history and applications of several human-computer interfaces like the brain–computer interface, muscle–computer interface, connected devices, social networks, and biomedical devices. We explain how these technologies have led to the rise of cybernetic hive minds of human beings, machines, and machine learning algorithms. We also look at how science fiction and myth have inspired these technologies and how close we realize them. One of the objectives of this paper is to look at the impact of hive minds on various kinds of cybercrime currently and how these crimes will evolve in the future, and what steps need to be taken to prevent them.

We are specifically looking at QAnon, a social media-based ARG, and how the people behind this ARG weaponized group think and conduct crimes en mass. The main problem statement we are trying to solve is explaining how this ARG works as a cybernetic hive mind and the different crimes conducted with it. We also attempt to classify the various kinds of hive minds and collective conscious- ness based on our understanding of the research. We also look at the positives and the perils arising from this technology and suggest a set of regulations to ensure basic ethics like privacy and Free will is not violated.

Conclusion and future work along with future research:

 Hive minds are an inevitable part of our future. We are slowly being turned into nodes in an electronic hive unless we start applying our minds together; only then can we preserve the true values that make us humans. From our analysis of QAnon, it is clear that it should be classified as a bioterrorist entity and the people behind the movement, from alt-right politicians to dark enlightenment Silicon Valley tech gurus, need to be held accountable. Since this crime involved an angle of bioterrorism plus was enabled and amplified in cyberspace, we can call this a first-of-a-kind cyberbioterrorism.
QAnon did not just appear out of nowhere.

There were several aspects of American culture that was primarily to blame. The US mass media had encouraged anti- science movements like fear of GMOs, vaccines, and conspiracy laden fandom like Ancient aliens and UFOs for a very long time. QAnon managed to combine all of these theories into one, which during the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the increase in the number of infections and deaths. The purposeful spread of such anti-public health propaganda should be classified as a new-age form of bioterrorism. This, coupled with the fact that the Republican Party was profiting heavily from the same, indicates a genocide for profit scheme. Thus, it needs to be charged for bioterrorism and medical malpractice. QAnon is what you get when you combine the Rajneeshi cults bioterrorism and Heavens Gates mass suicide, but the damage QAnon caused was several thousand times the damage caused by these two entities.

The leader of Heavens Gate joined his followers, but Trump and his ilk have stolen millions of dollars from his followers and killed them.In the future, we would like to further research the aspect of cyber bioterrorism and dissect every aspect of the ARG, including the intentions behind increasing the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus. The researchers would also like to work on bringing forth laws and regulations that would prevent such crimes from happening in the future.We would also like to look at the implications of a hive mind in augmented reality and see if it can improve the productivity of human beings in general. We would like to work on a hive mind-based augmented reality application that workers can use in performing coordinated tasks.

Julian Assange famously said this could be the last free generation because of the mass surveillance and the fact that parents splash their kids’ photos all over social media. We need to heed his words as a warning and start putting the necessary foundations in place to preserve our freedom. The QAnon ARG-based conspiracy theory has destroyed the very idea of free will, and this was done using mobile technology, social media, and print-based medium. One can only imagine that if IoT systems and other technologies are used by such bad faith actors, they could cause many problems in the future. The authors would also like to aid law enforcement, private intelligence, and information activists to fight such sort of cyberterrorist groups in the future.

Please read the entire 20 page paper, there is so much information on the subject matter that this paper was written about with out reading the information in the link you will be out touch before you type your first word.

https://mdpi-res.com/d_attachment/ai/ai-03-00027/article_deploy/ai-03-00027.pdf?version=1652673393

 

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You forgot to mention the 8 pages of footnotes. Its a long read,  

Just one guess, gender may be a lot less definite if humans are hooked into various machines and other humans.  Anybody care to guess how important physical body strength will be when any brain can harness up to an AI tank or aircraft?

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1 hour ago, Tatetopa said:

You forgot to mention the 8 pages of footnotes. Its a long read,  

Just one guess, gender may be a lot less definite if humans are hooked into various machines and other humans.  Anybody care to guess how important physical body strength will be when any brain can harness up to an AI tank or aircraft?

It's mind boggling to think about the ways technology will shatters the boundaries of what we consider to be human 

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4 hours ago, spartan max2 said:

It's mind boggling to think about the ways technology will shatters the boundaries of what we consider to be human 

Yeah I think so too.  Biological certainties of today may not be so certain after all.  Young people may embrace it, though it might be difficult for those of the older crowd set in their ways.

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8 hours ago, Tatetopa said:

You forgot to mention the 8 pages of footnotes. Its a long read,  

Just one guess, gender may be a lot less definite if humans are hooked into various machines and other humans.  Anybody care to guess how important physical body strength will be when any brain can harness up to an AI tank or aircraft?

Hey Tate  and Spartan thanks for the support in this thread, I thought  like you both appear to agree with that is a very interesting subject.hell,it almost seems like Syfy! Hopefully more people will get involved in it, but maybe not because there are so many interesting threads in the forum these days. Anyway, it’s so amazing that our technology in both science and the medical fields are making so many fantastic discoveries these days it’s seem like the political thread are being toned now and that straight up wonderful.. I recently started another Medical thread a day or so back where they are currently perfecting a procedure where they are able to remove spinal fluid from a young person and inject it other Americans with disease that effect the brain, they have been able to correct these problem,. For people with Alzheimer’s or Dementia if caught before brain damage occurs they are able to restore those peoples memories.

Well anyway, thanks guys for supporting and bumping the thread, there a great deal of good information here!:tu:

 

7 hours ago, spartan max2 said:

It's mind boggling to think about the ways technology will shatters the boundaries of what we consider to be human 

 

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