As a mere high school student, I am no expert in AIs, but I am trying to be one.
Anyway, as a philosophical soul, I've been pondering about the philosophy of AIs. If humans are able to create an AI that thinks, talks, and behaves just like humans, how are we going to treat it? Will we enslave them and have them fight for their civil rights as intellectual beings? Will that bring about the demise of human race?
These are really interesting questions and only the time would show us the answers.
I think that AIs just like humans will be developed within a century at the very most. I think it's possible to see one like it in 50 years. Since humans are no special other than their great intelligence (for I am an atheist and believer in science), AIs, in my opinions are no different from humans, if they can talk, think, and behave like humans.
AIs like that are basically other humans beings. We are becoming the Creator in the Bible, in which I do not believe.
If we are to be egotistic and anthropocentric, sure we can and stop short of creating perfectly human-like and conscious AIs. However, I do not think that humans can stop short of doing that. Human societies are competitive. Competition places advantages on those who adventure. And humans sure will endeavor into the forbidden area of conscious and human-like AIs.
Just like humans who cannot alter their nature with conscious effort (as illustrated by the failure of utopian societies, communism, and failure to recognize the fact that humans are never stopping to alienate the minority--whether the minority was the Jews or the Blacks or the homosexuals or future AIs), mankind in the future will still fail once more to recognize the rights of conscious beings called AIs. Unless humans try tremendously to stop the natural alienation and enslavement of AIs, a civil rights movement or a war by the AIs may be inevitable.
But AIs provide us with things that is still only possible in our imaginations. We can study the historical linguistics as it happens by making AIs talk like humans but in rapid manner. We will be able to observe things that takes too long to observe among humans. AIs might find the true utopian society that may or may not exist.
Maybe we can make clones of ourselves as AIs. Then what we would question will be AI-clone of me is really me? Is it really possible to transform true myself (not another being with the same identical makeup but experiences) into an AI or possibly the Matrix world?
Well, I feel like it's going all over the place, but I just wanted to share some of my thoughts on the future. I just want people to know that we are mere flesh and chemicals governed by neural firings that make up our consciousness. Only by the means of the randomness of electron's movement are we able to generate true soul-like thing. I don't degrade human's existence, but I don't think there is any God, and I am able to believe there is no afterlife, because I am not ill and I am not old and I am not facing death in a few years. Though I know I will go to the church to find the answer if I am old and about to die, my obsession with the truth will drive me toward atheism and godless world.
I think religion empowers us, so I guess it's not bad to use it to empower us, not to dis-enlighten us.
Jin Woo Won
An undergrad at Columbia University, studying Computer Science and in particular artificial intelligence.