posted on Jul, 8 2014 @ 02:08 PM
I don't know about the distinction between machine and biological... we biological units are very machine like and one could think of us as 'soft
Some differences, like proposed souls, are arbitrary... in that how we are expressed as intelligence in this physicality is basically the same and
once some minor mechanics are worked out, the machine AI could move around physically and reproduce, physically, as well and our experiences here
would be quite similar... though the machines would be far more versatile and less limited.
That AI will occur is a given... some war of extermination is not (as in BSG or Terminator). They could live where we couldn't and our interests
would likely diverge quickly... or they could take an interest in the senses, philosophy, dualistic sexuality and art and we could be great friends...
Either way, it is something to ponder and acting kind to our future overlords might be in our self interest. Actually, acting kind to all is in our
self interest anyway.
ETA and as far as machines not being able to think outside of simple, binary, "yes" or "no" methods ... I would offer some beings thought of as human
are restricted to binary thought, too... ever listen to right-wing talk radio?
It's just levels of complexity... and I agree that computers, as they are now, are lacking that bit of self awareness... but with enough complexity
...the addition of gradation... levels of "maybe"... then any differences would be intrinsic and nobody on the outside could see the difference. So
apparently "self-aware" machines is a given.
And if all matter is solidified thought... and all is primal awareness (as some philosophers, new agers and animists believe) then the distinctions
become moot anyway.
edit on 7/8/2014 by Baddogma because: added musings for my own amusment