And I like to roam the land
- May 18, 2002
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The alien comparison is apt. Here's Steven Hawking on the subject:MAYBE? - You would be dealing with an unknown quantity - For all intensive purposes an Alien entity.
The machine mind would be reacting to its data base, programming, etc.
If the machine was basically programmed to win at games - It might decide to take over all
- Man might become a convenient tool for constructing and servicing more machines
- Does that sound familiar? - Maybe it has already taken over?
If the machine becomes aware of concepts like 'god' - It may decide its purpose is to be god
- an immortal supermind that is always right?
An interesting take on this is in one of the original episodes of Star Trek, Captain Kirk and crew come across
an out of control AI machine that is destroying whole planet systems - When the machine is somehow
brought aboard the ship they realize that it was programmed to correct imperfections and somehow the
original programming had become corrupted so the machine seeing the imperfections of different
civilizations destroyed them to correct the imperfections - Kirk reasons with the machine and convinces it that
it is also imperfect - The machine then destroys itself! - One of my favorite episodes.
If a superior alien civilisation sent us a message saying, "We'll arrive in a few decades," would we just reply, "OK, call us when you get here – we'll leave the lights on"? Probably not – but this is more or less what is happening with AI.