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Why Robots Could Be Human

Author: Jonny Scott

 

Robots are taking over the world! Run! But where? I’m scared!

We hear a lot of crazy talk nowadays about robot dominance, endangerment of the human race and life being one big computer simulation. But is it all crazy? Or is there anything we can learn from it? Let’s pretend we’re scientists and try figure it out.

 

We’ve probably all heard of the universal simulation theory. The theory goes that we’re all players in a video game. Call that game, “life”. As players, we have gained consciousness. Every player operates within the boundaries of the game but some players are more conscious than others. Just like in video games, there are random life forms that are just there to make the environment seem more realistic. The more dominant players have the most consciousness. Consciousness is control over our actions. It’s freedom, or at least, the illusion of freedom. We can choose what to do, and develop ourselves to reach higher consciousness.

Players with higher consciousness reach higher levels in the game. Players with low consciousness are unproductive, overlooked characters, who are just there to make the game seem more realistic.
We are aware that by developing our control, or consciousness, we become more dominant players in the game and know not be low consciousness players who just go through the pre-programmed motions of life.
Is this an accurate explanation of the game of life? Even though it makes sense, and seems an interesting way to frame the world, we’ll never really know for certain.

But with this framework in mind we can relate it to the newest form of life, the form we have created. Artificial intelligence. The new form with major potential for power and intelligence which may greater than ours. But here’s the thing, will we get to the point where artificial intelligence is indistinguishable from human intelligence? The truth is, we have already surpassed that point.

You’re browsing the internet, and pop! Up comes an instant chat. Who’s on the other end? A sexy single in your area who’s dying to meet you? A service worker who is offering home repair? A phone company who promises to beat your current rate? Or, an artificially intelligent chat-bot? It’s becoming harder to tell the difference.

We are creating intelligence that is becoming a mirror of human intelligence. You might have a conversation with a more articulate Amazon Echo-like robot and not even realize until you look up and notice you’re talking to a little electronic device, not a human. Let’s take this to the next step.

 

Take a more articulate Amazon Echo, put it in a human costume, and program it with algorithms that teach it to walk and move like we do, and what do you have? Let’s see, if it walks like a human, talks like a human, looks like a human, what’s our first instinct? Smash it open and see if it spills blood or wires? See if it has organs or computers? Maybe, but more likely, we’ll just call it a human.

You see, life has cycles. Evolution takes time. But look at what we have already created, and imagine it as continuing evolution. A more evolved Siri, Amazon Echo, or humanoid robot basically is a human. Or maybe, a superhuman. An evolved human race that has potential to turn us into pets or entertainment puppets. We won’t have control. But we can fix this.

We see the potential for robotic-life integration into the world. It’s awesome. Robotics make life easier. But we have to remain in control. If dominance comes down to a battle of human vs robot intelligence, we can’t lose. With humanity’s increased reliance on computerised power we have become lazy and externalised much of our own brain power. It’s not as much of a necessity anymore. With less brain power comes less self control. If control is similar to consciousness, we can’t let robots gain more consciousness than us. If that happens, it won’t be a simple “pull the plug” situation.

 

And that’s kind of scary. But it doesn’t have to be. If we continue working alongside technology, and not depending on it for survival, we will truly thrive like never before. We have to prioritise human intelligence, brain power and see technology as an aid to our human intelligence rather than a replacement. We have to stay in control.

Or, maybe everyone is wrong, nothing matters and reality is a simulation controlled by higher power. Who can know for sure? All we can do is work within the limitations of our knowledge and try to find happiness and success within it.

Jonny Scott is a young American who writes about everything from the banes of modern society to the pressing issues of current affairs. You can follow his excellent blog here:
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9 comments on “Why Robots Could Be Human

  1. Thanks for the post, Conor!

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  2. “We are programmed just to do anything you want us to…we are the robots” ..so sayeth the mighty Kraftwerk….. errr, in about 1978.

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  3. “We have to stay in control,” says Jonny Scott.

    We haven’t been doing too good at job when it comes to protecting our ecosystems.

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  4. And we are really just products of illusion anyway playing hide and seek…all players but different levels. Nice post.

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  5. Interesting post, Jonny Scott! No doubt that many think robots will one day achieve the status of “human,” but I can’t help think some criteria of what it means to be a human might have been left out. You said that if Amazon Echo was, “put it in a human costume, and program it with algorithms that teach it to walk and move like we do, and what do you have? Let’s see, if it walks like a human, talks like a human, looks like a human…we’ll just call it a human.” But, walking, talking, and looking can’t be the only criteria for what it means to be a human. For one, a patriot could pass this test with a 66%, while the only criterion it was missing was looking like a human. However, if the patriot was clothed in a human costume, much like the Amazon Echo, then the patriot would pass the “human test.” Perhaps some other criteria should supplant these fairly shallow criteria: a consciousness, emotions, opinions, a since for community. Yet, this by no means fulfills the criteria for what it means to be a human either. Some philosophers think we will never unlock the mysteries of the human mind—what are the relevant criteria—and if we can’t understand the human mind, it’s not so apparent that we could ever create an artificial one that removes the line between human and robot. Perhaps the infinity gem, the Mind Gem, could lend us a hand! Anyways, those are my thoughts. Interesting post. Got me thinking about it, that’s for sure!

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  6. Reblogged this on Empty Green Notebook and commented:
    This is a really good article expressing an opinion that I agree

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