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Steve Fuller: Humans will merge with AI

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From sociologist Steve Fuller, who has studied ID, at Telegraph:

Stephen Hawking summed up the thinking of many of the researchers and funders behind artificial intelligence this week when he launched the new Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at Cambridge by claiming that AI is “either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity.”

Fuller argues for a different approach, making Hawking himself his example:

Indeed, we would do better to start with Stephen Hawking himself, universally acknowledged as the one of the great intellects of our times. Near the start of his illustrious career in physics forty years ago he began to suffer from motor neurone disease, which eventually rendered him quadriplegic. The word “cyborg” probably best captures Hawking’s current state of being, since his capacity for intellectual expression is made possible by machines which allow his deteriorating nerves to communicate with computerised interfaces.

Hawking – not the Terminator – is the likely face of tomorrow’s AI. Of course, we won’t all acquire Hawking’s level of intelligence, nor is it safe to say no risks will be involved. Rather, we should move away from Asimov’s “us vs. them” mentality. No matter the hardware and software needed to keep Hawking functional, we treat him as one of “us”. In the not too distant future, we may be faced with a full spectrum of people who to varying degrees are “enhanced” by AI devices. More.

Of course, in one sene, humans have been cyborg ever since false teeth, ear trumpets, and glasses were invented.

But all of this speculation leaves out the rapid growth of euthanasia across the developed world. Which will sharply reduce the perceived need for assistive devices.

See also: Steve Fuller’s Dissent over Descent

and

Child euthanasia centre soon to open in the Netherlands

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6 Replies to “Steve Fuller: Humans will merge with AI

  1. 1
    Dionisio says:

    Would it be ever possible for a super AI ‘whatever’ (strong AI, AGI, etc?) to see the same place so different on two separate occasions, as it’s described in this song?
    https://www.youtube.com/embed/aMQ6GyUs-fc

    Yes, no, maybe?
    Why? How?
    What is different in the big picture?

    Please, note that at the same time other folks in that same scenario are receiving different perceptions of that same view.
    Please, stick to the scenario and conditions described in the context of this song.

    Note this is the Italian version of the song. The original version is in French. I’m more familiar with the version in Spanish.

  2. 2
    Dionisio says:

    #1 addendum 001
    Here’s the lyrics for the Italian* version posted @1:

    Com’è triste Venezia

    Charles Aznavour – F. Dorin

    Com’è triste Venezia
    Soltanto un anno dopo
    Com’è triste Venezia
    Se non si ama più

    Si cercano parole che nessuno dirà
    E si vorrebbe piangere
    Ma ormai non si può più
    Com’è triste Venezia
    Se nella barca c’è
    Soltanto un gondoliere
    Che guarda verso te
    E non ti chiede niente
    Perché negli occhi tuoi
    E nella mente tua
    C’è soltanto lei

    Com’è triste Venezia
    Soltanto un anno dopo
    Com’è triste Venezia
    Se non si ama più
    I musei e le chiese
    Si aprono per noi
    Ma non lo sanno
    Che ormai tu non ci sei
    Troppo triste Venezia
    Di sera la laguna
    Se si cerca una mano
    Che non si trova più
    Si fa dell’ironia
    Davanti a quella luna
    Che un dì ti ha vista mia
    E non ti vede più

    Addio gabbiani in volo
    Che un giorno salutaste
    Due punti neri al suolo
    Addio anche da lei
    Com’è triste Venezia
    Soltanto un anno dopo
    Com’è triste Venezia
    Se non si ama più

    Additional questions:
    Would a super AI stuff be able to compose a song like that?
    Could it sing it like Aznavour?
    Yes, no, maybe?
    Why? How?

    (*) gpuccio may correct any errors in the above quoted text.

  3. 3
    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    You first, you pagan idiot!

  4. 4
    Dionisio says:

    #1 addendum 002

    Here’s the version in Spanish:

    Venecia Sin Ti

    Charles Aznavour

    Qué profunda emoción
    Recordar el ayer
    Cuando todo en Venecia
    Me hablaba de amor

    Ante mi soledad
    En el atardecer
    Tu lejano recuerdo
    me viene a buscar

    Qué callada quietud
    Qué tristeza sin fin
    Qué distinta Venecia
    si me faltas tu!

    Una góndola va
    Cobijando un amor
    El que yo te entregué
    dime tú dónde está.

    Qué tristeza hay en ti
    No pareces igual
    Eres otra Venecia
    Más fría y más gris

    El sereno canal
    De romántica luz
    Ya no tiene el encanto
    que hacía soñar

    Qué callada quietud
    Qué tristeza sin fin
    Qué distinta Venecia
    si me faltas tú.

    Ni la luna al pasar
    Tiene el mismo fulgor
    Qué triste y sola está
    Venecia sin tu amor

    Como sufro al pensar
    Que en Venecia murió
    El amor que jurabas
    Eterno guardar

    Sólo queda un adiós
    Que no puedo olvidar
    Hoy Venecia sin ti
    Qué triste y sola está

    Additional questions:
    Could a super AI interpret the above quoted text?
    Yes, no, maybe?
    Why? How?

  5. 5
    Dionisio says:

    […] claiming that AI is “either the best or worst thing to happen to humanity.”

    At the doorway of the shimmering light he had seen from the dark desert highway he thought to himself that could be heaven or hell. It turned out the latter. Getting in was his biggest mistake, because later he was told that he could never leave.

  6. 6
    Dionisio says:

    Dean_from_Ohio @3:

    Would you mind explaining what you meant in your one-line comment? Thank you.

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