The Artilect War: Cosmists Vs. Terrans: A Bitter Controversy Concerning Whether Humanity Should Build Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines

The Artilect War Cosmists Vs Terrans A Bitter Controversy Concerning Whether Humanity Should Build Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines This book s main idea is that this century s global politics will be dominated by the species dominance issue st century technologies will enable the building of artilects artificial intellects art

  • Title: The Artilect War: Cosmists Vs. Terrans: A Bitter Controversy Concerning Whether Humanity Should Build Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines
  • Author: Hugo de Garis
  • ISBN: 9780882801544
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book s main idea is that this century s global politics will be dominated by the species dominance issue 21st century technologies will enable the building of artilects artificial intellects, artificial intelligences, massively intelligent machines with 1040 components, using reversible, heatless, 3D, molecular scale, self assembling, one bit per atom, nano techeThis book s main idea is that this century s global politics will be dominated by the species dominance issue 21st century technologies will enable the building of artilects artificial intellects, artificial intelligences, massively intelligent machines with 1040 components, using reversible, heatless, 3D, molecular scale, self assembling, one bit per atom, nano teched, quantum computers, which may dwarf human intelligence levels by a factor of trillions of trillions and The question that will dominate global politics this century will be whether humanity should or should not build these artilects Those in favor of building them are called Cosmists in this book, due to their cosmic perspective Those opposed to building them are called Terrans, as in terra, the Earth, which is their perspective The Cosmists will want to build artilects, amongst other reasons, because to them it will be a religion, a scientist s religion that is compatible with modern scientific knowledge The Cosmists will feel that humanity has a duty to serve as the stepping stone towards building the next dominant rung of the evolutionary ladder Not to do so would be a tragedy on a cosmic scale to them The Cosmists will claim that stopping such an advance will be counter to human nature, since human beings have always striven to extend their boundaries Another Cosmist argument is that once the artificial brain based computer market dominates the world economy, economic and political forces in favor of building advanced artilects will be almost unstoppable The Cosmists will include some of the most powerful, the richest, and the most brilliant of the Earth s citizens, who will devote their enormous abilities to seeing that the artilects get built A similar argument applies to the military and its use of intelligent weaponry Neither the commercial nor the military sectors will be willing to give up artilect research unless they are subjected to extreme Terran pressure To the Terrans, building artilects will mean taking the risk that the latter may one day decide to exterminate human beings, either deliberately or through indifference The only certain way to avoid such a risk is not to build them in the first place The Terrans will argue that human beings will fear the rise of increasingly intelligent machines and their alien differences To build artilects will require an evolutionary engineering approach The resulting complexities of the evolved structures that underlie the artilects will be too great for human beings to be able to predict the behaviors and attitudes of the artilects towards human beings The Terrans will be prepared to destroy the Cosmists, even on a distant Cosmist colony, if the Cosmists go ahead with an advanced artilect building program In the short to middle term, say the next 50 years or so, the artificial brain based industries will flourish, providing products that are very useful and very popular with the public, such as teacher robots, conversation robots, household cleaner robots, etc In time, the world economy will be based on such products Any attempt to stop the development of increasingly intelligent artilects will be very difficult, because the economic and political motivation to continue building them will be very strong in certain circles If the brain based computer industries were to stop their research and development into artilects, then many powerful individuals, including the artilect company presidents and certain politicians will lose big money and political influence They will not give up their status without a fight However, as the intelligence levels of the early artilects increases, it will become obvious to everyone that the intelligence gap between these artificial brain based products and human beings is narrowing This will create a growing public anxiety Eventually, some nasty incident or series of incidents will galvanize most of society against further increase of artificial intelligence in the artilects, leading to the establishment of a global ban on artilect research The Cosmists however, will oppose a ban on the development of intelligent artilects, and will probably go underground If the incidents continue and are negative enough, the anger and hatred of the Terrans towards the Cosmists will increase to the point where the Cosmists may decide that their fate is to leave the Earth, an option that is quite realistic with 21st century technology Since the Cosmists will include some of the most brilliant and economically powerful people on the planet, they will probably create an elite conspiratorial organization whose aim is to build artilects secretly The book presents a scenario in which the Cosmists create an asteroid based colony, masked by some innocuous activity In reality, this secret society devises a weapon system superior to the best on the Earth With their wealth and the best human brains, this may be achievable They will also start making advanced artilects If the Terrans on the Earth discover the true intentions of the Cosmists, they will probably want to destroy them, but not dare to because of the counter threat of the Cosmists with their advanced weapons The stage is thus set for a major 21st century war in which billions of people die gigadeath This horrific number is derived from an extrapolation up the graph of the number of deaths in major wars from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the 21st century Approximately 200 million people died in the 20th century, for political reasons wars, purges, genocides, etc The profound schizophrenia that the author feels on the Cosmist Terran species dominance issue will be felt by millions of people within a few years he expects There is probably Cosmist and Terran in nearly all of us, which may explain why this issue is so divisive The author is simply one of the first to feel this schizophrenia Within a decade it may be all over the planet The last chapter of the book closes with a repetition of a pithy slogan that summarizes the two main viewpoints in the artilect debate in a nutshell a debate that the author believes will be raging in the coming decades Do we build gods, or do we build our potential exterminators

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    1. This is a really hard book to review. You should probably read it. It clearly is not the "best in class" for discussions of the artificial intelligence (AI) apocalypse. The author is a little bit over-optimistic about the prospects for quantum computing and nanotechnology, and goes way off the deep-end later in the book with quark-scale computing. But what makes this book interesting is it is a philosophical justification for pursuing AI as strenuously as possible on the grounds that it is almos [...]

    2. The Madness of Artilect 1.0Hugo de Garis, mad as a super collider, resembles a tensor calculus of his reality. His twist in The Artilect Wars (2005) argues civil war between those who want to be transhuman and those who don’t. The nerve of these atheists who deny the new gods! The mind behind the transhuman view reveals two reverse fields.The gibberish of the first field below is the conscious against the subconscious state. During the day he makes compulsive havoc with the brain machine, but [...]

    3. Thinks decision whether or not to build these machines will be the political question of this century and that it will break down into war.

    4. In "The Artilect War: Cosmists Vs. Terrans: A Bitter Controversy Concerning Whether Humanity Should Build Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines", tech prophet Hugo De Garis has written a visionary book which belongs on the shelf right next to Kurzweil's "The Singularity Is Near."When this book was written 2005, the rise of Godlike Massively Intelligent Machines (GMIM) was still somewhat in the realm of science fiction. Consider the ancient boardgame Go, a game which many, including myself, thou [...]

    5. A war between Cosmists and Terrans? No, thanks. Like many Transhumanists, I am an optimist and I believe that the complexity of reality allows solutions different from a gigadeath war.It is almost unavoidable that humans transcend into humanoid cyborgs and by means of mind uploading, transform themselves into pure intelligences and merge with artilects. Because of this, a war appears unlikely. It is also probable that the human species continues populating the Earth and finally plunges into the [...]

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