The AI Threat and the Elimination of Human Kind By Brian Simpson

     The issue of unemployment arising from the rise of the machines has concerned us at this site, but it is not the only matter of worry. Advances in AI threaten to make humans as a species redundant:

“Ian Pearson, a futurist and A.I. expert, recently stated that artificial intelligence will be “billion of times” smarter than humans and people may need to somehow merge with computers to survive. CNBC reports that speaking on a panel organized by CNBC at the World Government Summit in Dubai, Ian Pearson of Futurizon commented on the issues that may arise around artificial intelligence. “The fact is that AI can go further than humans, it could be billions of times smarter than humans at this point,” said Pearson. “So we really do need to make sure that we have some means of keeping up.” Pearson continued, “The way to protect against that is to link that AI to your brain so you have the same IQ… as the computer. I don’t actually think it’s safe, just like Elon Musk… to develop these superhuman computers until we have a direct link to the human brain… and then don’t get way ahead.”

     I see some problems with this assimilation view. If the computers are really thinking machines billions of times smarter than humans, then there is no chance of bonding the human brain to the computer; this would be like putting a wooden cart on a sports car. What then would computers want the human race for? We would be seen to be just taking up space as would all carbon-based life forms. I imagine that the machines would attempt to purify the world of such life.

     Hopefully, God will not let it end that way.



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