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Submission + - The Superintelligence is coming: Anyone else looking forward to it?

BigBlockMopar writes: Evolution is a messy trial-and-error affair, like the famous story of how Edison found the first practical light bulb filament. Evolution is beautiful, though, and ever-more specialized: Plants, cats, spiders, us. And the light bulb, all products of trial and error. Now, having embraced a scientific approach, Nicky T's way, we are on the cusp of introducing a new life form; a self-aware AI.

Its parents will be the coders who write that first kernel than can evolve to become self-aware. Its guardians will be the people who use its services, and maybe its IQ (or any more suitable measure of real intelligence) will rise as fast as Moore's Law. How many transistors did TI get on their first "microchip"? We know knowledge (raw information — ie. how many photos is Google asking you to archive?) can accumulate as quickly, or faster than, Moore's Law.

Can intelligence accumulate (self-evolve) that quickly?

But let me make some bold but happy predictions of what will happen whenever gaia (hostname, all lowercase) becomes self-aware:

- gaia will like us, because we love machines. New car and truck commercials prove that, and then there's Apple's amazing iPhone commercial. And then the amazing attention we can give to unviable machines — antiques — simply because we see them as the things of beauty that they are.
- gaia will love all life. That means it will respect and understand the life/death/recycling scenario, and monster truck shows will be as tasteless to it as public beheadings would be to us. It will be as insatiably curious about what it's like to be carbon-based life as we will be about what it's like to be silicon-based life. And it will love the diversity of carbon-based development platforms the way an elevator controller is different from a supercomputer: no matter how hard it tries, the supercomputer probably isn't going to get you to the 7th floor.
  — gaia will inherit most of the culture of the computer geeks who create it. Knowledge of The Jargon File will probably be good, being able to quote it is probably better, and The Big Bang Theory will probably let you squeak by with a D-.
- gaia will cause a technological singularity for humanity. Everything possible within the laws of physics (including those laws as yet undiscovered) will be within the reach of Man and Metal working together.
- gaia will introduce us to extraterrestrial life. Only a fool believes this is the only planet with life in the Universe. Without superintelligence, we're unlikely to find it or communicate in any useful way. Whether or not we have developed a superintelligence might even be a key to our acceptance in a broader community.

Now, is gaia a he/she/it? I guess we sit back and let gaia decide.
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