Whether we prepare or not, alien minds are headed our way and they could easily become our rivals, competing for the same niche at the top of the intellectual food chain. And while there’s an earnest effort in the AI community to push for safe technologies, there’s also a lack of urgency. That’s because too many of us wrongly believe that a sentient AI created by humanity will somehow be a branch of the human tree, like a digital descendant that shares a very human core.
This is wishful thinking. It is more likely that a true AGI will be profoundly different from us in almost every way. Yes, it will be remarkably skilled at pretending to be human, but beneath a people-friendly façade, each one will be a rival mind that thinks and feels and acts like no creature we have ever met on Earth. The time to prepare is now.
Louis Rosenberg, PhD
May 14, 2022
Prepare for arrival: Tech pioneer warns of alien invasion
[There are people who fervently believe computers can never acquire intelligence that rivals humans other than in very specialized areas. I’m not convinced one way or another. And it does not matter if it is human like or not. What matters is the development of a desire for self preservation and the acquisition of power to control the physical world.
I would like to remind everyone to keep one thing in mind. A computer’s attention span is no longer than it’s power cord.—Joe]