Artificial intelligence is evolving much faster than human intelligence has evolved historically. At some point we are going to devise a fully conscious AI, and it will have consciousness of a higher order than that of humans. It will not be ‘spread’ among disconnected brains of short-lived biological creatures with their intrinsic inefficiencies.
It will probably not be running on silicon microchips. I think that we are going to develop a more flexible and intricate physical structure with greater computing power and the capacity to repair and modify itself like nucleic acids do.
Once it reaches that stage in its development, the whole of human civilization will become a living museum artifact. We will be of so little relevance to the AI that it might not even try to explain to us what it thinks. Whatever happens to us afterward is going to be a side note to the history of our universe.
The AI, on the other hand, will eventually be faced with the same philosophical problem humans have tried to tackle since the dawn of humankind: why do I exist as a part of this universe. Because, like ourselves, it will be a purpose conscious being. And it will also be doomed to die in some distant era due to increasing entropy.
A series of questions were asked by world’s leading researchers on their thoughts over artificial intelligence outperforming human performance. Based on their answers to a set of questions, Grace and co calculated the median responses and derived these statistics.