Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 28th Oct 2014 04:40 UTC
Geek stuff, sci-fi... We've highlighted the dire warnings of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk in recent months regarding the perils of artificial intelligence, but this week he actually managed to raise the bar in terms of making A.I. seem scary. More at Mashable. My take: I worked on AI 20 years ago (wow, time flies). I don't believe that we will ever create anything truly sentient. Intelligent and useful for our needs, yes. But truly sentient, no. For something to become evil, it must be sentient. Anything else, if it ever becomes problematic, it would just be software bugs, not evilness.
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Eugenia
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I believe that humans can't create true consciousness. I'm spiritual (not religious in the traditional sense), so I see consciousness as something pre-existing. I see our bodies as vessels for pieces of that consciousness. My claims aren't scientifically provable, but they're self-evident if you do meditation for some time. As such, I don't believe that we, humans, can create consciousness out of nothing. Eventually we might be able to create vessels (both biological and mechanical), but I think that's how far we can go at this stage regarding our own evolution as "creators".

As I said above though, bad programming could create problems. Bugs and logical errors might create bad situations with our "rather smart" machines. But that won't be because of they got "evil". You can't be good or evil if you aren't sentient and you can't evolve.

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