Pursuing Non-Biological Evolution

Dr Stuart Woolley
Predict
Published in
3 min readMar 13, 2023

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Logic infers a future without biology, perhaps we should begin to pursue it.

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The ultimate and somewhat fatal flaw with our own biological construction lies with its fundamentally brittle nature. We are invariably vulnerable to accidental damage, the effects of disease, and the inevitable consequences of the aging process.

Although our approach is flawed, primarily as a result of our economic system, much of the world’s resources are devoted to remediating the consequences of this very biological nature.

As technology improves it now seems to be only a matter of time before direct links are established between our biological selves and the non-biological substrate of our computing devices.

Additionally, even though we are only at the start of some beginning of actual artificial intelligence — being mired in the dumb statistics of probabilistically based chatbots and the associated media hype-train—it now seems as if real strides are finally being made in the field of machine learning due to the availability of sufficient, cheap, and available processing power.

And this, eventually, may itself lead to genuine AI.

If we speculate for a moment that advancements in machine processing power continue apace then it can only be a matter of time before we have some capability toward either constructing a sentient machine (purposefully or inadvertently) or through transferring consciousness in some way to such a machine from an existing biological entity.

As such, a sentient machine, if not again not purposefully or inadvertently hostile to us, will inherently have knowledge of the nature of consciousness itself and one would therefore also speculate that it would be able to assist us in transferring our own consciousness to a similar construction.

It is at this time that we must make a choice, a choice that I believe we should start considering in the present in order to think carefully on the future consequences of our actions — what actions best serve our collective future development, and survival, as a species.

Should we be faced with the possibility of migration of ourselves to a non-biological substrate there are a number of significant advantages in terms of…

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Dr Stuart Woolley
Predict

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, Twitter, and Overwatch fan.