The question as it was posed; I recently read an article somewhere that suggested that computers were becoming so sophisticated that there was a possibility that they could someday replace humans as the dominant force on earth.
This is an excerpt from the article I believe you are referring to in the New York Times questioning whether computers could ever turn on their creators and take over the world. Now this is a great subject for science fiction movies, but now it seems to have worked its way into the mainstream of public debate.
Alarmed by progress and advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone.
Their concern is that further advances could create profound social disruptions and even have dangerous consequences. As examples, the scientists pointed to a number of technologies as diverse as experimental medical systems that interact with patients to simulate empathy, and computer worms and viruses that defy extermination and could thus be said to have reached a “cockroach” stage of machine intelligence.
In time terms, the cockroach has been around for a long time and they certainly are not as loved as computers, but I know those of you who read these articles are evolved enough to understand that they too are creatures and deserve some respect, even though they may be repugnant little buggers to most people, they are loved by other cockroaches. The comparison is noted and understood.
I will now remind you of other articles which I will not list here concerning the existence of consciousness in all matter. This, of course hearkens back to the idea that even the electron, atoms and molecules possess a consciousness, rudimentary when compared to human consciousness, but nevertheless conscious of self in an undifferentiated way. I am not suggesting that atoms are like little people with their own societies and racial histories, yet atoms do possess a knowledge of their past affiliations with physical matter in terms that would be dizzying to the human mind.
It is important to understand this if you are to make any sense of this article. “There is more knowledge of the true nature of the universe in one cell that makes up the structure of the computer's outer case than there is in the memory bank of the computer itself.” A scientist of some repute not too long ago wrote an article suggesting implanting small computers directly within the human brain or skull and I have no doubt something similar will indeed happen in due time. Now, some people were somewhat dismayed at the possibility of tampering with the natural aspects of any living creature, and it took some time for the true consequences of the altering of the human form to be if not totally accepted, at least tolerated.
Let me explain. The soul or entity seeks experience in as many systems as it can handle. As you should know by now, your soul or entity is infinitely more developed, mature and more of a spiritual powerhouse than even you imagined of your current version of God. The soul/entity seeks as many different kinds of experience that can be made available to it and it creates individual personalities, such as yourself, sending them out into various worlds, planes and systems of reality to act as its emissaries. The soul cannot actualize itself in these systems, since it would simply overwhelm any individual physical form, so it creates identities, many such individual forms to do this instead.
At this time you implant artificial hearts, artificial hips, artificial legs and hands and this in no way affects or diffuses the nature of the human experience and from the viewpoint of the soul, nothing is really lost. So, implanting a computer or computer chip in the skull would in no way compromise the experience either and may actually open up new areas for expansion not available before. The introduction of a computer chip could truly improve human memory to a great degree, but of course, it could not convey the emotional content of the memory being recalled.
Computerizing the human body to any extent should not be equated with tampering with the true identity of the personality since this identity is indestructible and unassailable and is not isolated within the human form as is sometimes supposed. In short, the human body is not the identity, the personality or the self that you know. It is simply the carrier of the identity while it is alive on Earth. A computer cannot conceptualize, nor can it empathize or express love and love is the prime motive force behind all creativity which is an attribute of the soul. A computer can be programmed to replicate emotion, remember vocabulary or solve intricate mathematical equations but it cannot innovate based on those results.
Most importantly, a computer cannot imagine. The use of the imagination has spurred creativity over the centuries and were it not for imagination, there would be no steam engine, no automobiles, no computers and no physical world. Now, I am quite aware that the authors of the aforementioned article were inferring that computers could in some distant future either kill off or learn to control or dominate their human creators, but this could only happen if this kind of action were intentionally programmed into their behavior patterns by their human creators. By the way, imagination is one of the prime differences between humans and the animals. Animals do not utilize imagination although they do manage emotions quite nicely.
The lack of the ability to dream in computers would mean a stagnation and decay of experience and a world stuck in a repetitive cycle and abandonment of consciousness. Soul created conscious identities create your world and environment and then perceive it and this infers that a computer could never create the kind of world that you know, nor could it support the natural environment as you unknowingly do. A computer, no matter how advanced, could not perceive or experience the physical world, since a world without directive consciousness could no longer exist.
On the other hand, being composed of electrons, atoms and molecules, the limited small consciousnesses that compose the physical aspects of the computer itself, are also evolving in a more generalized way. Those minuscule components of the computer would eventually evolve a true “Over Consciousness”, which then following the impetus of growth and expansion, would combine and merge to organize themselves as a part of a more advanced psychic structure capable of more complex physical constructions.
In truth, and most will not like this at all, but unspoken, latent and yet to be activated genetic alternatives for human materialization are always present, buried in the genes, waiting in the wings, so to speak. All That Is, had to foresee all possibilities for the continuation of the species under any adverse conditions. So, in case of any kind of destruction including atomic missteps, or other possible catastrophes, the species could activate the inactive genetic variances and mutate the species into something entirely different to guarantee its survival under any future conditions.
There are some who will say that a mutated species would not be “natural”, but if you truly understand that EVERYTHING IS CONSCIOUS to some extent, then it is not too much of a stretch to understand that there is really nothing that is not natural. As an example, a house is made of bricks or wood, but the clay of the bricks and the wood from the tree, both are from natural earth sources and both have their own kind of consciousness present in the atoms and molecules of their physical composition. The same holds for the iron elements in the body of your car.
God or All That Is insures itself for continuation of all of Its creations and it does that through genetic eccentricities and variations that could change the species beyond recognition if needed for survival in case such changes are needed to insure continuation and continuity or your world and others.
Wrapping this up; computers can never take over any world unless they can learn to imagine and dream and I think that is highly unlikely, but the molecular consciousnesses present in the computer itself do dream and they are incipient personalities that will actualize in some future time in some future plane of activity.
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