Life 3.0, The Omega Team

Life 3.0, The Omega Team
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  • [the Omegas were] close to pulling off the most audacious plan in history
  • [They] all in...for much the same reason that many of the world’s top physicists joined the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons: they were convinced that if they didn’t do it first, someone less idealistic would.
  • Prometheus
  • The AI they had built, nicknamed Prometheus, kept getting more capable.  Prometheus was humming away in its custom-built computer cluster, When they launched, Prometheus was slightly worse than them at programming AI systems.  By nightfall, they decided to deploy Prometheus 10.0 to start phase 2 of their plan.
  • Because they weren’t sure how its goals would evolve during its recursive self-improvement, they had decided to play it safe and ... keep Prometheus confined (“boxed”) [so] it couldn’t escape onto the internet.
  • Wi-Fi
  • To make themselves less vulnerable and avoid raising eyebrows with excessive cloud computing, they also hired engineers to start building a series of massive computer facilities around the world, owned by seemingly unaffiliated shell companies. The people who built and ran these centers had no idea what was computed there.
  • Over a timescale of months, the business empire controlled by the Omegas started gaining a foothold in ever more areas of the world economy, thanks to superhuman planning by Prometheus
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