… in a science and technology culture in which it is otherwise axiomatic that humans are merely evolved animals.
So, can we cheat death by uploading ourselves as virtual AI entities?
Cheating death is a serious goal of some transhumanists. Futurist Ray Kurzweil(now a Google innovator) calls such a digital fate the Singularity, as in his book, The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. Published in 2006, it is still in the top ten in artificial intelligence and biotechnology. In 2017, he announced,
2029 is the consistent date I have predicted for when an AI will pass a valid Turing test and therefore achieve human levels of intelligence. I have set the date 2045 for the ‘Singularity’ which is when we will multiply our effective intelligence a billion fold by merging with the intelligence we have created.
It sounds rather like avoiding death by becoming something that isn’t actually alive. Some thoughts to consider before we hit the Enter key… 😉 More.
Also at Mind Matters Today: Robot priests: And you thought “robotic religion” was just a pointed criticism… ? You know, rote prayers, mindless gestures… Is that the way of the future for some?
GIGO alert: AI can be racist and sexist, researchers complain. Dunno. Maybe it was listening to the wrong instructions back when it was just a tiny bit?