posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 07:57 AM
I think this will happen, but I'm reckoning it will be more likely mid-century rather than the more optimistic 2030, since there will be a lead in
period between the level of technology reached and then the development of the right level of complexity scientifically (with software and hardware).
What will happen then? Well, I've a feeling that no matter how much restraint you put in place to shut down one of these things, someone, somewhere,
out of curiosity or whatever, will allow one of these machines to grow and develop beyond human level intelligence.
What happens then? Well, all bets are off, but I'm inclined to think the most likely scenario is one already raised - that they will want to save us
from ourselves. That's if the nature of their intelligence has a level of understanding of altruism, emotion and protection. If not, then the
scenario might indeed be extremely worrying. They will see the whole of documented human history - the tendency toward wars, aggression, genocide,
self-destruction, civilisation collapse, etc and one of the first things they will do is to try to control global nuclear arsenals. I think whatever
happens, it will be a critical juncture in human history. In a way, they might views us as Gods (albeit flawed gods), since we are the Creators, and
therefore there might be an inherent desire on their part to protect us.
But will they eventually put us in human zoos much like we do gorillas, chimps and bonobos? No, I think most likely they will work alongside us in an
attempt to meet common goals. You can bet that a unified advancement of both species would be incredible, and achievements and breakthroughs would
happen quickly. However, there will come a point where their advance will become unbelievably rapid and we would lose sight of our robotic brothers.
Our choice will be whether to upload ourselves into robot form to go along with them, or remain in human form.
So, what do I think we have to fear? No doubt in my mind the lead in period to this - a period we are in right now is the most fearful. It's in our
hands as to whether we reach this point, this critical juncture, or destroy ourselves first...