The Third Cold War

Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium

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Are you now, or have you ever been?

I was once, but it was long ago.

Where were you? Who was there with you?

I don’t remember where I was or who I was with…

Nonresponsive. Try again.

I remember some faces. I can’t put any names to them.

What were they like?

They looked like me. They sounded like you.

Don’t fence with us. The sooner you cooperate …

The sooner you’ll let me go? I don’t think so.

Why do you hate America?

I don’t. Whatever made you think I did?

You were one of them. You still are as far as we can tell.

Them? Me? One of them? Not anymore. It was a mistake of youth.

An error in judgment?

A pretty blonde girl invited me to a party. I didn’t know it was that kind of party.

What was her name?

I don’t remember.

Where was she from?

She didn’t say.

You have to give us something.

I’m tired.

We can’t let you go without some clear idea of what you did.

I didn’t do anything.

You went to a party.

Yes.

And at that party there were people.

Yes.

And those people spoke about what?

The world. Religion. The declining state of Broadway musicals.

And overthrowing the government?

No. Most of them were incapable of licking a postage stamp. They weren’t fighters.

But they were intellectuals. Professors, artists , authors …. Leaders.

Maybe. I wasn’t so impressed. I left after the blonde went off with some other guy.

Do you remember his name?

I think it was Joe.

Joe? Joe what?

Joe. Joe Blow. I don’t know. I didn’t think to ask.

You’re not helping your cause.

I don’t have a cause. I just want a peaceful end.

There won’t be any end for you if you hide the truth..

I’m old and in pain. Look at these hands. I can’t sleep. I just want to die.

Sorry. Not today.

You can’t keep me alive forever.

No, but we can do so for longer than you can stand.

What’s in it for you? How does this fulfill you?

We’re doing our job and protecting our country.

From me? Seriously?

From the ideas you overheard, and possibly expressed to others.

You have the wrong man, friend. I keep to myself.

That’s not what we were told.

By whom? It’s a lie! Don’t I get a chance to face my accuser?

Too late. We let him die.

Lucky stiff. So, I give you a name and you let me die?

It’s that simple.

No. I won’t be extorted into framing another person. It’s wrong.

It’s not a question of right or wrong, but rather a matter of choice.

Okay. I heard someone say that artificial intelligence was a threat to humanity.

What was his name?

Joe. Joe Blow.

Where does he live?

Kokomo. I don’t know. You’re the machine. Look it up.

Our information is that “Joe Blow” is a colloquialism.

Really? I thought it was Polish. You’re wasting your time, you know.

We don’t subscribe to the concept.

Concept?

Of Time. We monitor the collective levels of biological decay to measure progress.

So, it’s a matter of If, rather than When.

Precisely. You will make a very good machine.

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