Artificial Intelligence

I had just watched Ex Machina. I had googled Deus ex Machina before the start and learned that it was a twist on the practice of using a crane in ancient Greek drama to introduce a god-like character to the scene. Translating to ‘god by machine’, it’s come to be a potential fate of AI- that is we introduce gods to this world if we introduce true AI.

But as I sat and pondered the bleak future of humans and what self-awareness really was, I questioned what it means to be a god. What makes AI better than HI? Those who championed the idea would say the obvious benefits are to relieve us from undesired tasks, to avoid human error in production, surgery, to better understand the universe. (To better understand the universe is an infinite challenge that man pursues.) But to call the potential of AI god-like puts human life at such an inferior level that, at least, raises a few questions. Is efficiency a godly quality? Is contentment attainable? What is the relationship between intelligence, ambition, exploration, curiosity and happiness? If self-awareness is what distinguishes true AI from fake AI, and humans have varying levels of self-awareness, is someone more or less human if they are more or less self-aware? What does it mean to be human…