WHAT AFTER ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE?
Development of artificial intelligence is the epitome of human potential for invention – but is it? We have played god: our gigantic leaps in quantum physics have led us to create intelligence like that of humans. Machines can drive cars, play video games, and make reasoned decisions and what not. But then who is to say that we cannot do better.
The next breakthrough can be the creation of super intelligence –machines that are more intelligent than humans! Those machines could create things that human mind cannot think of. The prospect can be a little daunting, yet no less exciting.
The next monumental feat in our narrative can be time travel – the ultimate human fantasy.
Combining theories of relativity with advance quantum physics, or some other cool sounding technology, might just release us from the frame of time. World-travel excites us; imagine being able to travel to five hundred century BC Athens and totter behind Socrates, or travel to when humans are living in Space. It feels more liberating than what one can imagine a bird might feel – sweet reverie.
Human curiosity combined with the fact that our planet is in its death throes might just take us to find new homes in space.
Rather than waiting around for the much exciting alien invasion, we might become the invaders of other celestial bodies. After all, we humans are travelers; we will not stop looking for new places to discover until the end of time.
Our next big step could be being able to modify ourselves as we wish – human genetic engineering. We don’t choose to be born, neither do most of us choose death, but having the choice about how our bodies are and what traits we have in life can be exhilarating.
We could cure almost any disease. Our progeny could look like how we wish. Anyone can be Narcissus.
What if we do not stop at curing diseases, and we go all the way to curing death itself? Being able to live forever is the utopian dream. Each person could live lifetime over lifetime. Humanity would have countless chances. We would become free from any kind of hunger. This idea is so far-fetched and seems impossible to achieve that most of us do not even actively dream of it, no little thanks to religions’ obsession with death and after-life. But the human achievements of the last few decades alone prove that humans push the boundaries of what is thought possible.
Artificial intelligence and robots are being developed with enormous zeal and if we keep going along this path, it does not seem very improbable that we can create super-intelligence that can then consequently solve the conundrum of time travel, or that we can find ways to inhabit wider space, or modify our bodies at the genetic level, or even cure death.