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Re: Artificial Intelligence

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Sat, 5 Jan 2013 13:19:13 -0000
Archived: Sun, 06 Jan 2013 19:53:30 -0500
Subject: Re: Artificial Intelligence


Hi Jason, and John,

1) re the problem of AIs and techno: You've seen, in the last
decade or so, how readily folk become dependent on technology of
which they know almost nothing. Future societies will be ever
more high-tech, and most stuff will happen behind the scenes so
folk will know even less about it. And if AIs can do all the
design and maintenance then their owners will increasingly rely
on them - so ending up ignorant of the nuts and bolts of their
own life-support systems and even of their wider ecology. That's
a recipe for disaster.

As they say "any weapon you don't know how to use belongs to
your enemy" and so it is with software and hardware, but the
`enemy' could be non-human (AIs), or corrupt gov'ts, or just bad
luck.

2) then there's another problem with the idea of cyborgs, along
with Kurzweil's uploaded super-humans - change is happening in
all fields and there are serious predictions, in the nearish
future, of quasi-immortality to be obtained by one means or
another. And that's the problem - if you make a choice too
early, say by going cyborg or up-loading, there might be no way
back when they find a `real' immortality route. Would you want
to be trapped in a rusting metal case while everybody else moves
into god-like bodies, or are elevated into ethereal beings
enjoying a higher plane?


Cheers

Ray D




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