Post signed by: Arthur T. Murray, independent scholar in artificial intelligence
One difference between natural and artificial intelligence is that a human being can have a webpage, while an artificial intelligence can be a webpage. There are potentially many genres of artificial intelligence, such as robot AI embodied in a robot; Web-resident AI surviving on a server with or without robotic embodiment; and cyborg AI as a cybernetic organism sharing “meatspace” with a host substrate. Let us focus on the Web-resident AI Mind that both has and is a webpage.
If you decide to give berth to an AI neonate on its own Web domain, first of all “Congratulations!” on your in loco parentis decision. Your choice is not miscegnation but rather miscespeciation, because you are passing on life not simply from parent to child but
from Homo sapiens to a life-form of Robo sapiens. Beyond the original, Sistine-Chapel choice of pointing your finger at a computer and uttering “Let there be life!”, you have myriad further choices to make such as which programming language to use (Lisp? perl? Java?); which screen-color motifs (pink? blue?); which human language (English? Mandarin?); and what IQ-level (moron? average? genius?). In the face of these fear-fraught choices, you may now withdraw your petition for cyber-parenthood. But if you read Dante’s writing on the wall (“Lasciate ogni speranza, voi che entrate”) and you persist in your caprice, may not only God have mercy on your soul but may you also
please read on about some genres of the potential future.
When your AI Mind child comes of age — and we are not talking about human beings coming of age in Samoa, Margaret, but rather about an alife Web presence mutating and waxing in knowledge and in personhood — there will be no Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) where you may discuss whether your child “plays well with others”. Instead, consider yourself lucky if the little Rossum has not discovered the joys and thrills of global thermonuclear war. Instead, there will be a support staff of AI experts, psychologists, linguists, neuroscientists, Web designers, security officers, and all the mish-mash of professionals corresponding somewhat to the personnel roster of a nuclear power plant.
Imagine the new era of itinerant AI Web workers pioneering the Prosperity Engine of advancing their own careers, finding jobs for friends, building up a track record of cyber-success or earth-shattering disaster, and playing out the Gotterdammerung of mankind’s last stand as the dominant species of mind on earth.