From: Jason Gammon <boyinthemachine.nul> Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 02:56:20 -0500 (EST) Archived: Sat, 05 Jan 2013 07:36:41 -0500 Subject: Re: Artificial Intelligence >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2013 17:55:08 -0000 >Subject: Re: Artificial Intelligence <snip> >That might not seem to apply to 'machines' incapable of breeding >with humans, but it might lead to a splitting of the human race, >into those with AI 'slaves' and the rest who still fend for >themselves. >An impartial look at history tells us that 'slave-owners' (or >aristocrats in later societies) always become incompetent and >eventually die out. >Cheers >Ray D Not slaves, cyborgs. Humanity will most likely split but it's split would be into the cyborgs and those merging with technology versus the minority of humans who will wish to remain human. As a transhumanist I fully support any person's wish to remain a pure human. In fact, if I were to ever become like the gods via merging with machines I would actually dedicate my life to the preservation of the human species, making sure that pure humans survive and defending them from say another of the 'gods' who may think they have other plans for the humans. As we progress far into the future where most of the population is cyborgs or have completely uploaded their minds into machines the pure humans will play less and less a role in society. There will quickly come a time when they literally contribute absolutely nothing to society and are instead just like pets. At this time they will become vulnerable to the 'gods' who may wish to wipe them out, use them as a resource, or make them slaves. That's why it's important to have friendly 'gods' protecting humanity. I've even toyed around with the idea that I would need at least 24 young, healthy specimens of each race in order to produce a healthy breeding population but perhaps that itself is too low a number. I would quietly choose my humans, abduct them against their will, talking about a crises capable of wiping out humanity here, and then transport them to a new planet in which I would have prepared in advance. I would repeat the process as necessary. I would not interfere per say with their development but I do know I would have to help them jump start their culture via agriculture, language, and the basics of civilization, that same things that the old gods allegedly taught humanity. But that would be it. No more interfering. In fact, I would probably sleep most of the time only awakening when I am alerted to a potential threat or when my humans are ready to split off again into gods and men. I might have to guide them through that process as well. Which brings me to something else I've wanted to touch on. What if our visitors are here because they know we are about to create A.I. and thus, about to become gods ourselves? I do have this sneaky suspicion that this process of splitting off has occurred multiple times in the history of humanity. But I guess that would be better left to the science fiction writers to explore. Jason Gammon Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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