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Blog: The Future Is So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades


I’m listening to this podcast right now (Joe Rogan — Jamie Metzl) about science and the present-future of genetic engineering, where we have — or will have — the ability to not only manipulate genes but also manufacture babies, and I’m…

Wide-eyed.

Wide-eyed baby. Or is it?

It’s amazing what the future holds: The possibility to eradicate cancer, to nip debilitating diseases in the bud, to ward off infections and plagues and viruses.

That’s all wonderful.

To have artificial intelligence that learns, makes independent, rational decisions. We may be having sex with these humanoids.

And you know what that means: The irrational (humans) will win every single time in an argument with these semi-sentient beings.

It’s true.

What we’re building is “intelligence” on one plane: Rational. But what makes us better than any rational being is that we are irrational. And I believe it’s the irrational that gives us our advantage over every other thing on this planet — it gives us our ability to “think outside the box,” to create, to dream up things for our future and our kids’ futures that are simply “not possible” or currently “irrational.”

Even that — our ability to be creatively irrational — is limited. Ask a scientist what his discovery will mean 50 years down the road. He won’t be able to tell you. Maybe it’s because the scientist sees what’s in front of him in a different way than you or I would. But he does see things, probably, in a far more rational light than we do.

It’s the dreamers, the artists, the creators who bridge the gap between the here and now and the there and then.

The future is now AND far away. We have limited ability to see more than a few years into it.

The next evolution (and it can occur simultaneously) is to build AI that is irrational. Computerized humanoid-machines who can dream, create out of (mostly) thin air, and forge a path to future intelligence (the blending of rational and irrational and beyond, whatever that might mean).

In the end, it seems that we’re trying to create mechanized beings just like us.

I say, we just fuck more and make more babies.

You can get Jamie’s book here on Audible.

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Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium

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