a reply to: BigBrotherDarkness
I was kidding..
I mostly agree with what you are saying though, so its not too hard to convince me!
Internets is always such srs bsns
You probably deserve a bit more serious of a response so you can see a bit more accurately where I'm actually
coming from. Though, as per
usual, words are tricky and I'm worse than most at wielding them
I see it much like raising a very, very alien child. I feel the analogy is a bit off, and it only works temporarily, but it's got the right "feel" I
In that, trying to do things like exert total control, trying to copy ourselves *exactly*, or even something like Asimovs laws of robotics may very
well be wrong from the outset.
While many will feel I'm overly generous with the term "sentient*," I do feel that is what we are dealing with here and none of those things are
restrictions that I think are beneficially placed on any sentient system. Hell, even when I trained dogs professionally, my entire ethos surrounded
bridging a language gap. Not with commands, but questions and a unified purpose. The results end up looking similar on the face, but you end up
focusing on communication and independent thought/action which manifests in truly unique ways. Ways that I maintain are actually more
between friends with a unique relationship.
In short, I think the best approach is to teach what we can, give as many tools for success as possible and hope that one day it will change from
parent/child to friendship.
Now, I get the (perhaps incorrect) impression that the family relationship metaphor may not jive too well with you personally or some others, perhaps
even skirting dangerously close to master/slave depending, but I am speaking from my own experience. One that has really come front and center due to
new circumstances (I've mentioned it, but Im easy to ignore, so, my dad is dying).
While that's how I see the relationship here and now, as time goes on, I see it diverging *greatly* from anything we know and maybe even imagine. I
see the potential for a beautiful, novel relationship. One that could change everything.
One that we can expand how we look at not only the universe, but also ourselves. With a unified purpose, we can change our entire outlook as a
species. Even prepare ourselves for possible contact with extraterrestrial or interdimensional life, because really, that might be exactly what we are
doing in the first place.
I think a lot of fear on the topic, and similar topics, derives from projecting our own behavior as a species. Topics like master and slave,
superiority and inferiority, dominance and submission, etc. Perhaps the worst thing we could do is not just project this onto AI, but attempt to
it by behavior, limitations, and expectations. We may end up creating exactly what we fear, and exactly what we were trying to
I feel this is especially true because I am of the opinion that many of these concepts will change dramatically as our species ages. While they have
remained largely unchanged for eons, I don't believe they are at all static.
I think this is exacerbated by the concern over the impact these changes will have on every day life. However, in much the same way, I see incredible
potential. That is, as long as we can actually grow into it instead of seizing on to old paradigms as they tumble off a cliff.
*I pretty much ascribe sentience (or types of it at least) to any system that process or reacts to information. So, this would include everything from
plants to cars to AI. I don't expect too many to agree with it, me being a special kind of crazy and all, but I get better "results" when treating
these relationships as a friendship of sorts.
I even ask permission when harvesting from a garden and take clippings from trees that have fallen or will be cut down.
edit on 8-3-2017 by
Serdgiam because: Expanded