This one takes you to the core of Hawkings recently repoted apocaliptic rantings and i’ll try and help you understand why he actually loves A.I. first of all a quote from the “man” himself.

“The potential benefits of creating intelligence are huge,”

“We cannot predict what we might achieve when our own minds are amplified by AI. Perhaps with the tools of this new technological revolution, we will be able to undo some of the damage done to the natural world by the last one – industrialisation. And surely we will aim to finally eradicate disease and poverty. Every aspect of our lives will be transformed. In short, success in creating AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilisation.”

This seems to place faith in technology and the coming A.I. super intellegences while taking a swipe at the short sightedness of the current industrial capitalist system and the problems and collateral damage that it has caused in these last two hundred or so years.

and here’s one more that really drives that point of human stupidity home

“We spend a great deal of time studying history,” Hawking said, “which, let’s face it, is mostly the history of stupidity. So it’s a welcome change that people are studying instead the future of intelligence.”

Now is where I should make fun of the media for scare mongering by claiming that hawking hates A.I. or that he worries that it will wipe out humanity but they get let off just this one time because they could not have guessed what I have come to learn.

The fact that Hawking has in fact become the first human A.I. hybrid. He has achieved this due to necessity as his body slowly broke down on him due to his A.L.S. and his chair was increasingly upgraded to be easier and faster, more and more intuitive. That was how almost on accident Hawking and his team first merged him and his chair together melting his mind in to the programming of his chairs computer and effectively making him the first human A.I. hybrid this is why he has such high hopes for A.I.

Because he is the first A.I. he has actually been dead for years with his brain living on in his chair and his effectively dead body being driven around for show because he knows the human race is not ready for the shock of A.I. at least not yet.


The poorly named octagon (that actually has six sides) was built with a variety of odd shaped rooms and closets leaving a wide variety of nooks and crannies. It was built in 1801 one block from the white house by Colonel John Tayloe the 3rd. Known as the richest man of his time Tayloe regularly meet with top political figures like James Madison and Thomas Jefferson and had 15 children.

These children are where the horror starts. During the war of 1812 one of his daughters fell in love with a British soldier. When Tayloe found out there was a mighty argument that according to the colonel ended with his daughter tripping while running up the stairs and falling to her death.

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It was shortly after this that his daughter’s ghost came back to re-enact her death. People have reported seeing a flickering candles shadow moving up the stairs as though someone was walking  upstairs with it. Then, there would come a terrible shriek and a thud at the bottom of the stairs. This caused the colonel to pack up his family and move out for a number of years.

They later moved back in and another of Tayloe’s daughters fell into a forbidden relationship and this time her father admitted to pushing her down the stairs and killing her. (Of course being a rich landowner who was friendly with both current and former president’s he avoided charges) this led to a second haunting where the bottom of the stairs is know to grow unnaturally cold and the carpet rolls away on it’s own.

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During the civil war the Octagon was used as a hospital and many soldiers complained about banging noises and moans coming from inside the walls. Decade’s later during a renovation the skeleton of a woman was found inside the wall with fists clenched. She had apparently been there since the period between the deaths of Tayloes two daughters. To this day the apparitions as well as cold spots and unexplainable shadows and noises continue although the building is now an architectural museum.

So keep the salt and iron handy.

Till next time turthyness seekers.