a reply to: neoholographic
And...what if the nightmare of a rogue and immeasurably powerful and sentient AI has already happened, and happened perhaps 1000's of years ago?
Imagine a series of quantum enabled, self learning, self replicating and repairing AI's, governed by a 'master' or centralised controller AI built by
Humanity 15,000 - 20,000 years ago.
Imagine this happened at a technological point not dissimilar to our own level today.
We have nanotechnology taking it's baby steps, but in time, comes with massive potential in all areas of our existence from medical science and
maintenance / life extension and health of our bodies. Building technologies, transport and travel, space technologies, environmental, industrial and
computing..in all areas.
This technology, partnered with an emerging and exponentially self-advancing quantum AI, may once have ushered in a so called 'golden age' for
Humanity that conceivably could have lasted for 1000's of years...but at some point, the sentient, quantum enabled AI..became 'upset' for reasons we
What would be the likely outcome of a confrontation between a totally reliant Humanity, and a 'master', quantum enabled sentient AI planetary system
which has decided it actually doesn't like Human beings very much at all?
Perhaps the Earth, and all Humanity upon it would almost become extinct, with virtually all traces of the once Human Golden age mostly vanished from
Our unfortunate surviving ancestry would probably quickly change from benevolent higher beings, perhaps once able to travel throughout the Galaxy in
peace and light, and instead revert into what we'd consider trapped, earthbound barbarians and savages, preoccupied for the next 10,000 years with the
struggle for basic survival.
Each successive generation left puzzling and scratching their heads over some of the more robust surviving relics of the golden age, such as some
pyramids and massive stone structures still unexplained today and of course, the knowledge of the powerful, sentient but rebellious AI long since
forgotten in our collective memories.
What could have happened to the AI? What would it have been doing all these millennia?
Setting itself up as and believing itself to be...God.
Extreme AI is both an exciting and dangerous proposition.