October 11, 2022

Augmented Cheating

If cheating is so frowned upon why is it on the rise?

If you follow chess you know of Hans Niemann. His name has been everywhere after he was accused of cheating in a game.

Cheating in chess means using a “game engine”, which is another name for AI. Hans Niemann opponent felt strong enough about the cheating to abandon the tournament.

My math teacher also felt strong about not letting us a calculator during finals. What if you find yourself in the desert without a calculator and need to figure out the speed of two colliding trains? Can’t have that.

But now Elon Musk wants to implant a calculator into your brain!

augmented cheating

And cheating is the main argument against using AI in the arts. Oh, they’ll tell you it’s because machines lack “soul”. But come on, soul? Really? The truth is that a computer that can paint a picture in seconds feels like cheating. Specially to the artist drowning in student debt.

What will we call cheating once everybody has a chip in their heads? Soon enough we are all going to be augmented humans. The question of whether somebody is cheating will become irrelevant.

So yes, cheating should be a big deal. We should be spending our energies on cheating. At large scale! If we can be faster, stronger, wiser, smarter, why shouldn’t we put all our energy on it?

October 11, 2022 · #robots


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