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Welcoming Our AI Overlords
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Drew Conry-Murray
Drew Conry-Murray,
User Rank: Ninja
12/5/2014 | 4:14:44 PM
Re: Could we sub AI for Congress?
As much as I dislike Congress as a body, I'm not quite ready to turn the reins of government over to a coldly logical computer. Though there are days, particularly during election season when the pandering and appeals to our most basic fears are in high gear, when I might be persuaded otherwise.
User Rank: Ninja
12/3/2014 | 11:06:08 PM
Machines Can't have Souls
Shklovskii and Sagan's wonderful book, "Intelligent Life in the Universe" detailed a convincing pathway from cosmic dust to stars, planets, macromolecules and viruses, and then from bacteria to humans. One thing it couldn't explain is self-awareness. No physics book can. I don't buy the argument that increased complexity leads to self-awareness.

Without self-awareness, there can be no greed, desire, good or evil.

What I do see is a continuation of the present trend. There will be no need for any people but the owners of these wonderful machines, and the geniuses that enhance and improve them. For everyone else, unemployment and poverty.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
12/3/2014 | 6:18:38 PM
Could we sub AI for Congress?
Hawking has had such keen insights and stuck to them so tenaciously that I'm afraid to ask, how does he foresee the danger of machine domination developing. Until I hear from him, I'll join Jeopardy contestent Ken Jennings in welcoming our new computer overlords. AI has a chance of figuring out sooner than Congress what will happen to our environment if we continue consuming it at this pace.
User Rank: Apprentice
12/3/2014 | 3:30:45 PM
It will happen at some point
Our grand-children and certainly our great grand-children's generation will have to restle hard with what it means to be human. Intelligent machines will fill their lives, and most likely purely corporeal bodies will be vestiges of a bygone era.
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
12/3/2014 | 3:29:36 PM
Re: If it happens, we only have ourselves to blame
> Bad humans, as always, are the root source of concern.

Agreed. If we build a super-intelligent robot, program it to reproduce and survive at all costs, neglect to include an off swtich, and arm it with weapons, it's not the AI that's dangerous. It's human stupidity.
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
12/3/2014 | 2:55:11 PM
If it happens, we only have ourselves to blame
I worry more about AI in the wrong human hands than AI itself. Bad humans, as always, are the root source of concern.

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