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 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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