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When a child first catches adults out—when it first walks into his
grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence,
that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their
sentences just—his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are
fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall
of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink
deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they
never quite shine. And the child’s world is never quite whole again.
It is an aching kind of growing. – John Steinbeck, East of Eden

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the
human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of
ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant
that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own
direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing
together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of
reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go
mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety
of a new dark age. – H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu

Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the
winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies,
you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know
of, babies—’God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.
– Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater


The deeper problem is that building superintelligent AI on its own seems
likely to be easier than building superintelligent AI and having the
completed neuroscience that allows us to seamlessly integrate our minds
with it. And given that the companies and governments doing this work are
likely to perceive themselves as being in a race against all others, given
that to win this race is to win the world, provided you don't destroy it
in the next moment, then it seems likely that whatever is easier to do
will get done first.

Now, unfortunately, I don't have a solution to this problem, apart from
recommending that more of us think about it. I think we need something
like a Manhattan Project on the topic of artificial intelligence. Not to
build it, because I think we'll inevitably do that, but to understand how
to avoid an arms race and to build it in a way that is aligned with our
interests. When you're talking about superintelligent AI that can make
changes to itself, it seems that we only have one chance to get the initial
conditions right, and even then we will need to absorb the economic and
political consequences of getting them right.

But the moment we admit that information processing is the source of
intelligence, that some appropriate computational system is what the basis
of intelligence is, and we admit that we will improve these systems
continuously, and we admit that the horizon of cognition very likely far
exceeds what we currently know, then we have to admit that we are in the
process of building some sort of god. Now would be a good time to make sure
it's a god we can live with.

-Sam Harris, Can we build AI without losing control over it?


The fast food industry is one that has been a cornerstone of American dining
for nearly a century. Since the opening of the first fast food restaurant
in the 1950’s, Americans have been able to utilize fast food as a quick,
affordable option for any meal. In the modern age, consumers all around
the world are able to select from a wide variety of dining encompassing every
style of cuisine imaginable. One of the most popular of these styles has
became the fast food sandwich industry, which produces approximately $23.4bn
in annual revenue. This industry has become highly saturated with numerous
major competitors. Some of the major players include Jimmy John’s,
Quizno’s, and Panera Bread. However, this industry all started with the
invention of Subway in 1965.

Subway Sandwiches was founded on August 28, 1965 by Fred Deluca as an avenue
to fund his medical school tuition. However, after opening three locations,
Fred soon abandoned his medical school aspirations in order to pursue success
in the food industry. His original goal was to open thirty Subway locations
in his state, but this wasn’t quite possible after only being able to open
sixteen locations in his home state. Maintaining optimal quality within
Subway stores was difficult because he couldn’t personally manage all the
stores at once. Deluca realized he had to switch to a more suitable model for
further expansion. This model was one that many fast food establishments
used before him.

Subway is a chain that once expanded at a breakneck pace, but with their
recent turmoil of being unable to maintain their spot within the growing
market, they have had to reverse their stance. Beginning in 2012, they lost
same-store traffic due to the discontinuation of their $5 Footlong promotion.
Additionally, they are unable to maintain a uniform quality within all the
stores because of their large volume. They have also been unable to
renovate stores and make them feel modern because of the exponential upfront
costs they would face to do so.  Due to these things they have had to close
2,800 locations worldwide. However, they are still the largest fast food
franchise worldwide at a count of 44,000 stores (Technomic). By all
accounts Subway is a chain that simply grew too quickly and is now unable
to maintain the standards and quality that they once set forth.

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