AI research plays a sleight of hand trick. It states that human intelligence is emergent from matter. Then it claims that “artificial” intelligence can be treated as less than human because it is emergent from matter. It’s the trick that allows us to treat AI as machines, rather than as life.
Ted Chiang’s The Lifecycle of Software objects extrapolates the hard determinist understanding of intelligence to its inescapable, logical conclusion. That the intelligence which AI research brings into the world will be inextricable from life. And that we will be compelled not to enslave our AI creations, but to care for them.
The outcome is among the greatest science fiction stories ever written.
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