posted on Jan, 19 2011 @ 10:08 PM
reply to post by speculativeoptimist
What would Jesus do? He already did it, but humanity rejects all that Christ offers. They seek to do it their own way, to create their own future
using the developments in their sciences and technologies. What they fail to realize is that their efforts will lead to '...a mess of totally
unmanageable difficulties.", just as the following nanotech scientist has warned!
"The arrival of nanotechnology will herald a mess of totally unmanageable difficulties. Human intelligence and ethics are not enough to handle these
challenges. Without smarter-than-human, kinder-than-human forms of intelligence to assist us in confronting these grave difficulties, our continued
survival cannot be ensured. Stubborn chauvinism ("no non-human is a friend of mine!"), juvenile overconfidence ("we humans can handle this on our
own, right?"), or dismissive skepticism ("kinder-than-human intelligence isn't even possible!") will only increase the probability of our demise.
To avoid the negative impact of grey goo, green goo, nano-litter, human rights disasters, nano-wizardry, economic and social upheaval, arms races, and
other unforseen risks will require true superintelligence, nothing less. Superintelligence will be technologically feasible within the next two
decades (Bostrom 1998). Once created, superintelligence will compound upon itself rapidly, resulting in the creation of agents with deity-class
capabilities (Vinge 1993). Near-future outcomes ranging from planetary destruction to global apotheosis are entirely possible (Bostrom 2003). It
should be possible to increase the likelihood of a pleasant outcome by precisely specifying the initial state of a superintelligence by coding a seed
AI (Yudkowsky 2001). (A "seed AI" is an AI specifically designed to fully understand and improve upon its own architecture.) The implementation of
other proposed solutions will be subject to human error, irrationality, slowness, and inability to handle complexity.
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