Summary: By 2030, AI will reach human levels of intelligence. And it is purported that AI might reach human levels of sentience as soon as 2050
Original author and publication date: Piyush Banerjee – August 28, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Are we in the early stages of an irreversible metamorphosis of humanity?
From the article:
If you have been on the internet and are interested in technology. You might know that most of our research is either for increasing our life, offering better convenience or for bettering our weaponry. From the very beginning, every tool that is created, every machine that is built has been for convenience and to achieve long life. Both of which are in the idea of the future. You might have watched various TV shows or movies which show it. Science Fiction has been talking about it for ages and now finally Elon Musk the CEO of Tesla, The Boring Co. and Neuralink has said tweeted something which might reinforce the future and supplement what is being said for over 2 decades in mainstream media and for around 50 decades in sidelines.
Humans are kind of weak even if you consider the scale of the Earth, we are neither the fastest, nor the strongest, nor even the smartest. Over the years multiple times have we considered ourselves as the centre of everything. From the Sun revolving around Earth too Earth being the centre of the universe to that notion of there being one supreme religion.
The idea of there existing a grand purpose
We, humans, are unfathomably minuscule on the large scale of things, which is why we must evolve in order to reach greater heights. By 2030, AI will reach human levels of intelligence. That is by learning from the billions of scenarios that have been ingested into it, it will be able to choose on its own what it thinks is the best. Now although that may seem as sentience it is not, but it is purported that AI might reach human levels of sentience as soon as 2050.
Now you may ask about its importance. The importance lies in the grand scheme of things, who are we? Why do we exist, what is the reason that we exist. These are some of the philosophical questions that religion tries to answer so as to stop people from spiralling into a midlife crisis but just from the very beginning. It is important because if we do not have some kind of grand purpose set by some supernatural being then we are just like those animals whom we have left behind.
Our existences limited to just eating, doing our daily chores and ensuring the survival of our species by trying to be the best mate possible among billions of others. But we are just not that. We are bigger than that but the sheer scale of everything else has skewed our minds to justify our existence.
Why do we need to explore the space
We don’t need to justify it, we just need to live it and to continue doing that we need to do what we all do, get out of our house and look around to learn things. To gather new resources, we need to explore. Even if that means leaving the comfort of our home, the Earth.
We need to gather resources from other planets since we are running out of resources at our own home, and just like humans of the yesteryear left their countries to go to other countries to gather more resources while also settling there and making it their new home.
And because we have already established that although we are where we are, we are kind of “Jack of all trades and master of none” which is why we need some help to develop ourselves soon before we run out of resources. Over the past 100+ years, we have consumed so much of resources that if we need to wait for another hundred thousand years to wait for evolution to do its trick we simply might not exist that long. And as we currently are, we absolutely can’t survive in the kinds of conditions the nearest planets or even our moon has.
Which is why we need to either have a super sentient machine which will do exactly what we would do in any situation up there exploring the world and sending back the resources it gathers. Or we merge with them and go up there and resume our search from actually being there rather than 384, 000 miles away from the moon and 77.828 million km from mars from pictures and other data sent by the rovers on Mars or the mirrors set up on Moon.