I’m of the opinion that if we’re ever going to achieve long-range space exploration/colonization, human engineering of some sort will be required. This not only applies to space exploration however, but most likely the long-range survival of humanity in general. The common fear in this topic seems to always conjure up a ‘rise of the machines’ scenario when I’m discussing this with others. So I thought that today I’d post a few thoughts on how these fears might be alleviated in the future.
Collective human engineering could only work if it were done in such a way that truly ensured benevolence. Genetic experiments of the 20th century were largely associated with horrfying military actions. That said, there is nothing to suggest that superintelligent beings that grow out of a technological singularity would not be sociopathic. However, mirror-touch synaesthesia could be a beneficial limitation to full-spectrum superintelligence. This simply means that humans with mirror-touch synaesthesia are able to feel the pain of other people. It is a rare disorder that very few people truly experience.
Superintelligent beings need to be engineered in such a way that rewards or punishes their actions. This could very well be that feedback system. Nothing would be destructive if it had to endure every bit of pain it caused. For that matter, this could be looked at as an element of extreme doses of human guilt grafted onto a new artificial matrix.
However, to do this requires a fundamental change in humanity. Humans respond the way they do because of natural development. Elements of aggression and competition in human nature stem from ancestral survival instincts. These aspects of the human psyche were extremely important in primitive mankind.
From desktops to smartphones, from records to mp3s, from tv to streaming video, the pace of change in modern life can be bewildering. But is it our imagination or are these changes really accelerating? And what does it mean if they are?
Some individuals have suggested that drugs could be used to control people. This is certainly a grim manner of control. Rather, people need to aspire to a greater good for the coming technological singularity. We need controls in place every step of the way while scientists work toward a common goal. Feel free to share your thoughts below as always.