posted on Jul, 22 2013 @ 04:48 PM
Good thread OP and some interesting thoughts there ...
When looking at the concept of a possible technological singularity
, a concept
which is probably well known to ATS'ers, it's not impossible that we're headed that way ourselves. Or rather: our 'machines' might do the job and they
might do it faster and sooner than any of us think.
We're doing our best to make Earth a home for robots and we already have some of them in space - like a previous poster mentioned. But future space
probes/robots are likely to become even more autonomous & extremely intelligent, possibly selfreplicating and perhaps even undetectable for the
technology we currently use ... who knows?
Moreover, intelligent machines might actually design new
intelligent machines, which reminds me of something
said in the 1960s about artificial intelligence:
Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever.
Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then
unquestionably be an 'intelligence explosion,' and the intelligence of man would be left far behind.
Thus the first ultraintelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.
From that point of view, I think it would make sense that space will ultimately be explored by machines rather than biological entities. At least for
the most part ...
It's probably a philosophical & technical question whether or not we could/should make Irving Good's ultraintelligent machines
a reality. But
since R&D in many fields points into that direction it's probably just a matter of time until we come up with something like that, nevermind the
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