Are humans first generation Androids?
Is our present, real?
Artificial intelligence is at its peak of evolution and lately I have been reading several news about the developments and the manner in which the future is going to change. The tech world envisages that machine will be the future, and about humans? Well..haven’t thought about it much.
While thinking of various functions which machines would eventually conquer and at the same time looking at us humans performing distinct functions today, it makes me think whether we are in fact the first generation androids?
When I say, first generation androids, I don’t refer to the mechanical life that we lead but over and above, whether our evolution is similar to that of the robots we are building today. I wanted to find an answer to this question and got many philosophical thoughts. One way to decode this was to dig into the past and see how we humans and life evolved on Earth but I felt the answer lies few centuries ahead of us.
Living in the future — with my android friend.
Let’s imagine our world few centuries from now (assuming we get used to robots walking around us) and try to get into the mind of the robot who is walking just next to you. It would be fascinating to know, what would the robot think about itself. Would it realize that it’s a product developed by mankind? Would it feel its own individuality and personality? Would it have emotions? Perhaps, yes. That’s what AI intends to do. Make machine learn on its own by observing its surroundings and with several of us around it, we have plenty to teach.
Robots are likely to take over most of our functions, you might find them at hospitals, helping the doctor with a surgery (or doing it on its own). Fixing your vehicle at a garage or managing the traffic (and yes, traffic due to flying cars!).
But how will they get their jobs assigned? Will humans do that for them? Will they become smarter enough to designate roles for themselves? Will they choose their jobs, based on their structure, strength and weakness, like us humans do? The answer could be, all of them. Probably robots will find a way to fix themselves, find a way to add a new arm or replace a component for extended life, without any help from us humans.
This may sound like fiction (or a new Michael Bay movie) but it is the same thing we are doing today, everyday.
Looking back in time — our probable past
Let’s now think with our philosophical hats — let’s say that we had our creators who invented ‘artificial intelligence’ around 4.5 billion years from now. The creators invented an atmosphere suitable for life to survive, invented a genetic composition which can evolve with changing times and also developed a mechanism through which life would evolve to our very present through self learning and discovery.
One of the reasons for relying on philosophical reasons for this topic is due to the fact that even science has failed to answer the question on how life began on Earth.
Are we replicating our own history?
Rather than answers, this gives rise to few questions in my mind. Is our attempt to create artificial intelligence and humanoid, similar to what happened 4.5 billion years before with us? Are we following the steps taken by the civilisation that created us? Are our steps preparing us to become God for the future generation? Is this deja vu?
Now think about the androids we are creating today. Few generations down the line, it might feel the same about itself, like we do. It might feel that it was created out of an accident and not by a much weaker civilisation called humans. Perhaps, even if you told the android that you are the one who created it, it might laugh at you. The same way you would, if someone tells you today, that he is the creator of life on Earth.
All of this may sound like philosophical theories, but if we look at everything closely, it seems that our day to day functions, our physical structure, our environment and everything else has been designed so perfectly that we are able to complete our designated roles on this planet. If, everything above is true, then are we humans merely a product of a better civilisation that created us? No clue!
Thanks for reading! :)