My first thought when I read the title of today’s post (from Bioedge) was that it was some kind of warning. Look out! It’s the transhumanists! And then I figured what better place than San Francisco?
The only interesting comment, and the subject of today’s brief entry, was by somebody called David Pearce, who Wikipedia assures us “believes there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life.” Good luck with that, as the kiddies say.
Bioedge summed up Pearce’s contribution, which he calls “paradise engineering”, thusly:
the coming evolutionary transition could have three stages. In the first biological humans will rewrite their genetic source code and bootstrap their way to super-intelligence. In the second, cybernetic brain implants will allow us to fuse our minds with artificial intelligence and to “upload” ourselves onto less perishable substrates. In digital nirvana, the distinction between biological and non-biological machines will effectively disappear. In the third there will be an ultra-rapid “Intelligence Explosion” and an era of non-biological super-intelligence.
Comments which culminated in these ominous words:
Post-human super-intelligence may or may not be human-friendly.
So it appears the warning might not have been out of place after all.