I know you’ll laugh, dear polymaths, but
About this recent issue raised by our very smartest people:
that we have to,”pause” development of artificial intelligence until we can be sure it isn’t a threat to, ah, carbon-based life forms—
Okay here’s the ONE thing we can be sure of, right? WE, the carbon-based life forms, created the computers, That’s why we call “em “artificial” intelligence; the entire phenomenon is an artifice, or artefact, of humanity. To paraphrase the Good Book:”It is we who have made them, and not they themselves.”
Like the omniscient Creator of Genesis, we knew, from the very beginning, that our intelligent creation would turn on us and kill us.
I say that because, reviewing my long life of reading, I cannot think on a single science fiction story where that does not happen, from “Frankenstein” (as it is received in the popular mind) on down.
We can be sure this will happen, we don’t have to “pause” to investigate, because:
WE programmed this Intelligence, WE held this fantasy/ bias/ certainty that eventually it would threaten us—and we knowingly built it into these entities.
It parallels the Genesis story, where God points out the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to the gormless First Couple, whom He has endowed with autonomy in the sense of physical agency, and forbids it to them upon pain of death—although they at that point do NOT know what “good” is, don’t know what “evil” is, and don’t know what “die” means—knowing they are going to nosh on it. (if He’s omniscient and omnipotent, He has to have foreseen and acquiesced in the entire scenario.)
We imbued AI with this prejudice against humanity, with this blueprint for our own destruction. We “programmed” it into our creation, AI (if people still say “program”.)
The hostile takeover by AI has to happen, it WILL happen, because we the creator have willed it from the inception. We wrote the plot.
Well— whaddya think, dear polymaths?