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Thankyou OP very valid an interestin subject .Here is the deal super intellegent entitys will replace us .Not machines though for they will infact be us me you if we are lucky.The advances made in nano tech wich can build self replicating microscopic copys of themselfs an A I Artificial Intelegence is going to revelutionise our exictence in the cosmos..Its inevitable an refered to as the singularity.With nanotech I B M have been moveing single atoms about since early 90s.Now with quantom computers a reality for the first time our evoulution as a species knows no bounds .We will intergrate with this new life form.Nano tech drven by quantom computers will be able to copy exactly every strand of our D N A .Every atom an synyax in our body nurons every thing .Also with the power to manipulate atoms our decendants couls make food from garbage .Not that we will need food .We can manufacture bodys with our basic personalitys but alligned with A I artifical intellegence. Our capabilitys will go through the roof ,We can travell to distant stars for in essence we will ne immortal,No need to fear hostile planets or enviroments as we will bio engineer bodys that can resist the harshest of whatever nature can through at us .We can build millions of tiny fleets of nanobot that placed in a craft can journey to stars an build dyson spheres around them .Awaiting our arrival.Also because we will be super intellegent beyond our choprehension,We can also choose to retreat into any memorys in our brains .Thease are not memorys as we have today but more like the holodeck on star treck.We can make new lives in our virtual brains every bit as rral as the physical world we perceive around us today.This is not S F but something actually happening .Its almost inevitable we take this next stem in evelutin.Rather than leave it to natural selection...Hear is a Link to someone more knowlagable than the comeing singularity than me yudkowsky.net...
Originally posted by Riakennor
Short and to the point, would it really matter if self aware machines replace us in the future ?
What got me thinking about this was a conversation I was having with my son (he's 9) where we were discussing the size of the universe and the part we play within it.
We eventually boiled it down to us (humanity) being a small part of the universe which is in itself, self aware.
That got me thinking about the fact that computer technology is increasing on an exponential level, especially with the concept of up and coming quantum computing, and that in the years ahead, is surely going to bring self aware and very intelligent computers. Capable of learning and making decisions many times faster than we are currently able.
When I envision this, it seems to me that the film Terminator, and Skynet really are not that far removed from a possible real future scenario.
So what of this ?, if intelligent non biological machines (after all we ourselves are biological machines are we not ?) smarter and more capable than we, were to replace us biological entities.....
In the grand scheme of things, as far as the universe is concerned.. would it really matter ?
Originally posted by cavtrooper7
Only if souls matter.
Originally posted by Turq1
That increasing computer technology will "surely" bring about self aware and intelligent computers in the years ahead, I think is a bit precocious to say. We only have theories of how human consciousness exists and haven't even gotten close replicating the hardware to produce that.
I think some have the idea that computer speed is important for AI when that's really not the case. Or have the idea that AI would unfold naturally given a computer with, for example, the processing power of the human race. Take anyone's laptop today, multiply it by whatever, chances are AI isn't going to spring up.
We could be mechanical bioorganisms as well.
As far as the universe is concerned? She does have her bad days I suppose.edit on 14-3-2012 by Turq1 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by nineix
reply to post by Riakennor
I like the idea of self aware, sentient, cognizant machine super intelligence.
I strongly recommend reading some of Iain Banks Culture series based on the idea of a cultural society run by god-like intelligent machine space ships dozens of miles long, that allow species to use them as cities.
Not all self aware machines need be bad, or good, or even care.
Further, if machine intelligence is feasible, there's certainly room for overlap, and trade off in running the 'software' on hardware instead of wet-ware/meat, which opens up doors for trading in our frail bodies for something more durable, or providing more durable, long-lasting hardware solutions to our failure prone meat level design.