Here at the Future Human Evolution website, our primary interest in Artificial Intelligence is, of course, as it relates to the future of humans. As such we can view the eventual (and in our view inevitable) accomplishment of artificial intelligences with at least five non-exclusionary perspectives.
We indicate “non-exclusionary” because the reality will likely be that artificial intelligences will arise from multiple sources- multiple research teams and creators using different approaches and initial programming, instilling different goals to be executed through a variety of differing processes.
As a result, humans may see all of these “flavors” of artificial intelligence come to fruition.
- Enablement – Artificial intelligence enablement promotes the idea that intelligent machines will allow us to achieve more by supplementing our capabilities. Automating the work of survival (agriculture and manufacturing), and allowing us to leverage greater computational power for pursuits like interstellar space travel and the design and development of complex bioindustrial projects furthering the goals of exploration and population of the universe.
- Transformation – Artificial Intelligences and the vessels we invent to create them may allow us to transform ourselves. AIs in this category will be used to extend our biological capabilities (more human RAM, plug-in knowledge modules, and eventually the download of the mind into circuitry built identical, or better, in structure and complexity as one’s own brain.
- Competition – Artificial Intelligences who are created autonomous and develop competing goals. AIs in this category have been built with a mind of their own, and those minds seek after the same raw materials of the universe as do we.
- Replacement – Artificial Intelligences become post humanity. In Darwinian fashion, we build machines that can eventually design themselves (the Singularity) and create entities much more fit to navigate reality and become better guardians of the universe than we ever could, relegating us to places we can do no harm, or eliminating us if that’s not possible.
- Indifference – As in “Replacement” above, we facilitate the Singularity, but the outcome is of such an advanced intelligence that it is simply indifferent to us. Its concerns may go straight to unlocking the secrets of the universe, space, time, and gravity, perhaps unraveling the often theorized multiverse. “See ya wouldn’t want to be ya” is the message we get as the last ship of Super AIs leave the solar system.
Naturally, the more conservative of us humans are likely, and for good cause, to be wary of (4) above: Replacement. With such a range of artificial intelligences available and with the eventual ease of obtaining one, it could easily be a lab experiment gone awry, an aggressive game gone sentient, or even a deliberate act: the terrorist’s weapon of choice. He who wins is he with the strongest AI.