Seriously, the Google people do not believe that there will be life after Google. Their vision of AI usurping human minds really represents what I call an eschaton, a final thing, almost like an eschatological vision.
They believe that AI will achieve what my friend Ray Kurzweil calls the Singularity when it will attain capabilities far beyond human minds and thus be able to reproduce itself. And project itself into the universe and seed the universe with a cascade of ever more intelligent machines, thus kind of propagating human life throughout the universe.
And since many of the people at Google — most of them probably — believe in multiple parallel universes (which is a preposterous view), these AI machines will multiply on. Larry Page and Sergei Brin and Ray Kurzweil and all these Singularitarians can fly off to a nearby planet with Elon Musk, leaving the rest of us back on the beach in the United States collecting guaranteed annual income. More.
If that is what they believe, Google’s business activity is surely worth a glance. The other day, senior research scientist Jack Poulson revealed that he had quit Google over its involvement with totalitarian AI censorship in China. More.
Google is really only doomed in this universe. In an infinite array of other universes, mass totalitarian surveillance proves to be a big success.
See also: Jay Richards: Creative freedom, not robots, is the future of work The Officially Smart people are telling us two scenarios, good and bad, about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), says Jay Richards, a research professor at the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. He disagrees with both. In an information economy, he says, there will be a place where the human person is at the very center
Walter Bradley: Tell people about AI, not sci-fi. His struggle to bring reality to“sci-fi” origin of life research is the Center’s inspiration.