I was reading this page on face reading and saw the following image, and had the most amazing insight into the future:
Narcissists, psychopaths, and Machiavellians require low amygdala to ply their shitbaggery. You will never see a narcissist better at masking their assholia than one who is fully in control of his victim’s perceptions. He brings roses, and basks in the rosy glow of his target’s adulation as she cannot help but be charmed. But over time, they make small mistakes, here and there. As those mistakes add up, their victim begins to notice a pattern. Things may not be as they seem.
As this revelation grows, the Triad personality begins to feel the reins slipping. They know they are losing control, and their victim is beginning to see behind the mask. The response is a gradual increase in amygdala, and as that amygdala grows, their ability to mask their nature fades. They bring roses, the victim looks a little suspicious of them, and they think to themselves, “she knows.” The realization panics them, the panic shows, she sees it, it confirms her suspicions, and the panic grows just a little more as things spiral out of control.
Eventually, the victim is hiding in the bathroom as the narcissist is banging on the door outside with both fists, screaming at the top of his lungs, spittle flying everywhere, and suddenly the spell is fully broken.
I thought about how artificial intelligence can spot homosexuals. You just feed in the pictures, and the AI learns, and pretty soon you don’t need to tell it who is gay and who is not. It just knows things regular humans can’t discern, using indicators that regular humans can’t even identify while watching the machine program itself.
Imagine when we are all wearing the future equivalent of Google Glass glasses, it is filming everyone we meet, and you can upload an app to it which can detect Narcissism, Psychopathy, and Machiavellianism on the faces of people we meet in real time. Like a Terminator robot, you meet someone, shake their hand, and down the side of your view of them scrolls their psychological scores for all of those traits, as below them flashes in big red letters, “Alert! Alert! Major League Asshole!” (I assume the programmer will have a sense of humor – and experience with those personalities.)
Suddenly, you are in super-critical mode from the get-go, scrutinizing every smile for phoniness, and they are already on high amygdala, because they know your glasses have outed them instantly, even before you said “Hi.” The strained smile, the nervousness, it invades everything and you see it from the start, skipping the whole charming deception phase of the relationship.
And it doesn’t happen just in the social realm. Job interviews, TV shows, salesmen – you are a triad-spotting machine. Politicians with the triad traits can’t get elected, triads can’t get married, and they never amount to anything because nobody wants to hire them because nobody wants to deal with them. They are the next generation’s untouchables.
AI on wearable tech may facilitate an incredible evolutionary jump for those who use it. It may allow Darwinian Selection to aggressively cull for things so subtle that we can not even spot them, and thus elevate Darwinian selection’s effects and speed to a degree we would never believe.
Add in an Apocalypse, where those with the balls to, can kill whoever they want on sight, and Darwinian Selection may not even describe the evolutionary leap our species will take.
We just have to get the tech up and running as fast as possible.