6:30 am Mon, May 3, 2021
Cloudy, 60 degrees, dry. 7 Pax: Aviator, Mountie, ScarU, Brisket, Risky Business, Thunder, and Dick Clark on Q.
Over the weekend we learned about the online WO Builder from F3 Fort Worth. Tell it how many exercises you want in the beatdown, and it gives you a lineup—so Dick Clark decided it was time for our first AI-driven workout. He set up the AI and let it go. And while the pax got the beatdown, DC furnished some key facts about AI history along the way.
SkyNet, here we come…
- Michael Phelps x10
- Good Mornings x0
- Grass Grabbers x10
- Ray Lewis x40: step, slide, shimmy
We moseyed to the top of the upper parking lot, and started with:
Early AI history: 1939 – Elektro at the World’s Fair: Built by Westinghouse, the relay-based Elektro robot responds to the rhythm of voice commands and delivers wisecracks pre-recorded on 78 rpm records. It appeared at the World’s Fair, and it could move its head and arms… and even “smoked” cigarettes.
- Imperial Squats x20
- Mike Tysons x20: horiz squat on wall, then merkin
- Burpees x10
- American hammer x30:
- Walking Lunges x20
- Gas pumps x20: start LBC, straighten legs to Dolly, back to LBC
- Merkins x30
- Dry docks x20
- Squats x10
We moseyed over to the colosseum, and when we were tempted to wonder if the AI had given us good exercises, we reminded ourselves that of course it must be flawless and without error: The AI Don’t Lie!
Thang 2 – At the pavilion
1949: Turing Test: Alan Turing creates a standard test to answer the question, “Can machines think?” He proposed that if a computer, on the basis of written replies to questions, could not be distinguished from a human respondent, then it must be “thinking”.
- Jump Squats x10
- Dirty Hookup x10: plank facing wall, one hand up, other hand up, 1st down, 2nd down
- Angry Chair x30 seconds of air chair
- Imperial Squats x10
- Mountain Climbers x30
- Mike Tysons x20
- Lunges x20
- Burpees x10
- Merkins x20
We went back to the flag for the MARY:
1989: Chess Robots: David Levy is the first master chess player to be defeated by a computer. The program Deep Thought defeats Levy who had beaten all other previous computer counterparts since 1968.
- LBC x10
- Big Boy Sit Ups x20
- Reverse Crunches x10: knees up, then knees to chest
- Pickle Pounders x10: from elbow plank: alternate hip flexion and extension, in cadence
Cool down with stretches, and a key fact:
2015: Danger of AI: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates joins a number of prominent tech gurus and scientists in revealing his thoughts on the potentially dangerous effects and unintended consequences of artificial intelligence on human civilization. Previously, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and others had expressed similar sentiments. Those on the other side of the debate felt artificial intelligence would usher in an era of unprecedented human achievement, aided by the “minds” of humanity’s artificial brethren. While Gates and others felt that in the short-term intelligent machines would benefit mankind, they foresaw a future where more advanced super-intelligent machines could pose a grave threat to human existence.
All kidding aside, screens and technology have been an even bigger part of our lives over the last year, confronting us with the benefits they have to offer, and the costs. Kids in particular need to keep screens in perspective—or at least be sure they don’t become too much of a surrogate for human interaction. The AI might never lie, but it certainly shouldn’t be taken for full truth by any means.